MTN launches 5G network across major cities in SA

MTN aims to secure a commercial agreement with the government to convert the temporary spectrum into a permanent one for a fee.
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Mobile operator MTN Group launched its 5G network across major cities in South Africa on Tuesday, joining Vodacom Group and Rain in the race to expand fifth-generation technology in the country.

MTN said it used additional temporary spectrum, assigned by South Africa’s telecoms regulator in April to tackle high demand for data during a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The company has held 5G trials and tests in the last two years with telecoms equipment makers including Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp , MTN South Africa’s CEO, Godfrey Motsa, told Reuters.

“In the Western Cape, ZTE is building there, (in) Gauteng it’s Huawei building here and the Free State region and Northern Cape region it’s Ericsson,” Motsa said, referring to provinces where equipment providers are working for the company.

Ericsson built MTN’s core network, he said.

South Africa has allowed telecom companies to choose their network vendors provided they meet various requirements, including security.

MTN said it launched 5G services across 100 network towers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and several smaller towns.

The rollout of the 5G network will be ramped up to more sites once the government allocates permanent spectrum through a planned auction later this year, Motsa said at the launch event.

MTN aims to secure a commercial agreement with the government to convert the temporary spectrum into a permanent one for a fee.

5G is essentially fifth-generation mobile network technology which offers faster data speeds and lower latency or response time. It allows several devices to be connected at one go and in future could help in running unmanned cars and seamless communication and interconnectivity between smart devices, a process commonly called the internet of things.

MTN has partnered with Australia’s Emerge Gaming to allow people to play cloud games on their Huawei P40 Pro phone using MTN’s 5G network, in order to attract more consumers, especially video games’ enthusiasts.

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Great News…
Hope it does something to your silly share price cos its stuck and aint moving.
Please also give answers to Old MUTUAL….they asked a few questions.

Share price will never recover to it previous price or what it should really be.
Being in Nigeria is just subscriber numbers and adds little value to investors in SA!
COVID-19 has also hit most economies hard and guess what will happen in Nigeria when the government want some funds and to look good. Another wrong doing claim is on the horizon.

Hahaha, Huawei,ZTE and security those move in parallel! What is it that you know that others don’t know.
A company with close links to Chinese government ( even if they dispute this) can’t claim to be secured from prying eyes government and also for being more for Chinese government than the countries they do business in.

mmmmm… Those caller detail records on sit on those that equipment.
I am pretty sure Huawei could access those records with very little difficulty…. there is always a backdoor to your own equipment.
SO yes, all info must be going to China.

…timing of the 5G launch in Gauteng and the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in the province…. Coincidence?? mmm methinks not…

Governments in Africa need to look into 5G carefully and undertake independent research (though one wonders if independence exists these days). Lets get the facts on the medical effects of 5G on the human body. Where are the certified trials ? Its interesting that in some areas around the world COVID related cases were highest in places which recently started experimenting with 5G. Lets get the facts around 5G

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