MTN Is On the Verge of Rolling Out 5G Network

In the first trial of the 5G technology, MTN reports that it has achieved a download speed of above 20 gigabytes per second. This is the highest achievement by any mobile network in the African continent. MTN had plans of rolling out the technology commercially but is unable to do it before getting another frequency spectrum. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa that regulates spectrum has failed to give out the 4G spectrum infrastructure that forcing the network provider to go back to 2G and 3G spectrum.

The 5G will give lower tendency and higher speed to consumers. To achieve that, there must be an additional spectrum according to the MTN South Africa chief technology and innovation officer Giovanni Chiarell. The company is urging the government to release the expected spectrum in South Africa quickly. That will ensure an increase in development and growth by reducing the cost of data to all the locals. Apart from lowering tendency, 5G also reduces the rate of battery consumption as compared to the 4G network. This allows easy and accurate implementation of the Internet of Things (IA).

MTN has partnered with Ericsson on the trial of its 5G network which made it realize that 5G is 100times faster than 4G. Ericsson is a company that deals with providing equipment. The founder of the Stockholm Sweden based company is Lars Magnus Ericsson. The company which serves the global market has its headquarters in Kista Sweden.

The company offers fixed broadband networks, managed and consultancy services, multimedia, and TV technology. It’s believed that the founder started associating with telephones while still in his teens. His employment by a firm that made telegraph equipment for the Swedish government agency Telegrafveket gave him the right environment to venture into the business.

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