MTN and Ericsson launch 5G services in Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria’s 5G network will be based on software-defined network capabilities, enabling a higher degree of autonomous operation through a combination of current AI techniques.

Ericsson and MTN Nigeria have successfully launched 5G services in parts of Lagos.

The first phase of the launch covers parts of Lagos and Nigeria where Ericsson’s 5G technology – which includes the 5G Radio Access Network and NSA Packet Core – will accelerate the development and digitization of key sectors such as education, health and manufacturing. The new launch will also enable Nigerian consumers and businesses “to deliver 5G applications that will unlock the potential of the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Cities and Immersive Augmented Communication (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for consumers.”

With Ericsson Radio System, MTN will provide advanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access services that will open up a range of new business opportunities.

Commenting on the development, Mohammed Rufai, CTO of MTN Nigeria said, “5G will revolutionize the way we live and communicate across all sectors. With the speeds offered by 5G, we will be able to enjoy the Internet with low latency, that is, without lag, which will make our virtual interactions more real. At MTN, we will continue to pursue the deployment of 5G technology to revolutionize internet access across the continent.

Hossam Kandeel, vice president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, added: “5G is not just about speed. 5G helps people do more with their devices, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for society. 5G connectivity has the potential to pave the way for life-changing advances and we are proud to be part of Nigeria’s 5G digital transformation which is just beginning. Connectivity being the backbone of digitization, we are committed to providing the best service to our MTN Nigeria partners to support them on this exciting journey.

Going forward, MTN Nigeria’s Ericsson-powered 5G network will be driven by software-defined networking capabilities where a combination of currently available AI techniques will enable a higher degree of practical autonomous operation.

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