MTN Ghana has shelved its plans to pilot 5G services this year, News Ghana reports. Speaking at a recent virtual stakeholder and media forum, CEO Selorm Adadevoh revealed the planned 5G pilot phase would not be possible in 2022 as the authorities are not ready to award the necessary permits this year. The executive stopped short of outlining a revised timetable for deployment, saying ‘since I have promised once and failed, I do not want to make another promise until we are absolutely certain’. However, he did state that for Ghanaians to experience the full benefit of MTN’s promise of a digital lifestyle under its Ambition 2025 strategy, 5G would need to be deployed soon, despite the company’s LTE networks already providing coverage to more than 90% of the population.
MTN initially hinted last August that it hoped to pilot 5G services in 2022, and in March this year revealed that ongoing discussions with regulators could see the company awarded a 5G licence by the end of the year. At that date the company said it had already upgraded more than 1,322 sites in readiness for fifth-generation services. More recently, the company entrusted the digital transformation of its enterprise and consumer operations to Finland-based Tecnotree, which will facilitate the development of new service offerings to meet the demands of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).