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MTN Nigeria is launching its 5G Demo trial across selected states in the Country. The 5G demo centres in Abuja, Calabar and Lagos will continue to run for 3 months, utilising the trial spectrum allocated to MTN by the NCC. During the course of the 3 months, it is also expected to extend to four other cities.
This projects a promising future for sectors like tele-medicine, where a surgeon can remotely operate on a patient using robotic hands and other Internet of Things (IoT)
Speaking at the trial in Abuja, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami pointed out that the federal government is conversant with the fact that the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is one of the critical sectors of the economy.
Speaking during the trial in Abuja, the Minister who took a tour round different booths at the Centre along side the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission. Professor Umar Garba Danbatta and former EVC, (NCC) Executive Vice Chairman, Engineer Ernest Ndukwe — who is also a board member of MTN Nigeria — expressed his delight in the fact that Nigeria is one of the countries championing 5G trial on the continent.
This effect, he revealed that the government is working on an executive order to address critical national telecoms infrastructure.
The network testing in Abuja is powered by Huawei. Calabar and Lagos are powered by ZTE and Ericsson respectively. For the trial, MTN secured a 100 MHz spectrum in Calabar and 20 MHz in Abuja. As, expected this resulted in a significant difference between the Internet speed tests in Abuja and Calabar.
Apparently, 5G connectivity requires huge infrastructure investment and according to a top official of MTN, the government will be playing a pivotal role with respect to regulations, as expected, as well as infrastructure development.
In another live demo, MTN Nigeria’s Chief Transformation Officer, Bayo Adekanmbi chatted live with the Minister and his delegates through a hologram, demonstrating the use case of fast Internet speed for remote meetings or live performances by artistes.
As fast as the speed of light
During a comparison test on both 4G and 5G networks, it took just 15.78 seconds to download a 2.3 GB video on the 5G network. The same file on 4G took exactly 5 minutes, 3.84 seconds.
While download speed on the 5G network was about 1 Gbps, it can apparently go as high as 4.1 Gbps. According to Dolapo Adeniji-Adele, RF Technical Specialist at MTN, factors like server load, as well as the device contribute to the download speed.
Regardless of the successful 5G trial, MTN is not abandoning older generation cellular networks any time soon. According to a top executive, they will continue to roll-out 3G and 4G networks across the country for the next few years.