MTN SA selects Ericsson for its 5G network rollout

18 Nov 2019

MTN South Africa has selected Ericsson to supply it with 5G products and solutions from its Radio Access Network (RAN), transport and Core portfolios, with commercial rollout expected to start in 2020. As part of its transformation strategy, MTN South Africa is upgrading its core network to support 3GPP-compliant 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) architecture. 5G commercialisation is planned between 2020 and 2022, with a focus on use cases and applications relevant in the South African context, including: Enhanced Mobile Broadband, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and IoT. In addition to providing end-to-end 5G capabilities, Ericsson has been chosen to modernise MTN South Africa’s existing LTE and legacy RAN as part of a three-year deal signed earlier this year. This is aimed at accelerating MTN South Africa’s digitalisation ambitions in the expanding South African market. Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer at MTN South Africa, commented: ‘South Africa is undergoing a huge digital transformation, which will open up new business opportunities and boost the nation’s economy. To enable and speed up this process, MTN, with Ericsson as our partner, is rapidly upgrading our network to deliver the quality, capacity, and overall network performance that our enterprise and customers demand. Launching 5G will accomplish this transformation and, with fixed wireless access, will ensure high quality, increased capacity, and greater reliability for our customers.’

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