MTN has conducted a 5G technology and applications trial at its head office in Johannesburg in partnership with Ericsson.

The announcement at the MTN headquarters in South Africa on Monday comes after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding at AfricaCom 2017, to collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa, one of the first of its kind in Africa, IT News Africa reports.

Some geek speaks: MTN received a temporary license for 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band to conduct its 5G trial. The test achieved a throughput (data transfer rate) of 20Gbps with a latency of less than 5 milliseconds (ms), which is the highest achieved on a mobile network in Africa. The 5G trial is based on commercially available baseband hardware and 5G mobility is supported.

Speaking at the event, Chief Technology and Information Officer for MTN SA, Giovanni Chiarelli, said that 5G offered a whole new world of potential for South Africa and the continent.  

“With 5G, remote healthcare through connected robots could offer world-class surgery in the most remote parts of the continent and the world. Self-driving cars could change the face of road safety, along with smart agriculture, smart mining and smart cities. 

There is no doubt that 5G will offer the consumer higher speeds and lower latencies but to achieve this, we need the capacity that comes with additional spectrum”. 

5G is knocking on the door, even though many of us are not yet used to the 4G LTE speed.

The capability of the 5G network as fast as to be able to transmit data up to 20GB per second, this an insanely fast and moves the mobile experience to a whole new level.

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  2. 5G would really be lovely coming around but the spread of 4G ain't over the world most especially in the rural areas of Africa and now they are talking about 5G

  3. Now I am ready to do my breakfast, when having my
    breakfast coming over again to read further news.

  4. In my opinion, i think in Nigeria, don't expect it soon. 4gb is not even fully circulated in all states yet

  5. There is definately a great deal to find out about this issue.
    I love all of the points you made.

  6. seriously...4g hasn't gotten to some state CAPITALs yet not to talk of other lesser developed areas in the country and now 5g?? man, we should expect it in Nigeria in the next 5 years or more