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MTN to launch 5G network in SA next week

Joining rivals in the race to expand fifth-generation technology in the country.
Image: Adrees Latif, Reuters

Mobile operator MTN Group will launch its 5G commercial network in South Africa next week, joining Vodacom Group and Rain in the race to expand fifth-generation technology in the country.

The firm said on Wednesday it is hosting a virtual launch event on June 30, where MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa will be present with other officials.

Last November, Swedish mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson announced that it had been selected by MTN South Africa to build its new 5G core mobile and radio network.

At that time Ericsson said 5G commercialisation was planned between 2020 and 2022, with a focus on use cases and applications relevant in the South African context.

Rival Vodacom launched its 5G network in May in three cities, with further rollouts planned in other parts of the country.

Rain launched the country’s first commercial 5G network in partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies in 2019.

Unlike the upgrades of cellular standards such as 2G in the early 1990s, 3G around the millennium and 4G in 2010, 5G standards will deliver not just faster phone and computer data but also help connect cars, machines, cargo and crop equipment.

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And I still won’t have signal at my house. Need to get outside to have a GSM conversation. But neither does Telkom’s LTE, nor Rain’s 5G nor CellC cover my house, and I’m in close to Randburg.

That could increase the Covid deaths?

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