Ericsson and MTN Nigeria have reached a historic milestone with the successful launch of 5G services, marking 21 years of collaboration with a rich culture of partnerships between the two parties.
The first phase of the rollout includes certain parts of Lagos and Nigeria, where Ericsson’s 5G technology – which includes 5G Radio Access Network and NSA Packet Core – will accelerate the development and digitization of key sectors such as education, healthcare and manufacturing.
It will also empower consumers and businesses with innovative 5G applications that unleash the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Cities and immersive communications via Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). will be unleashed for millions of new consumers in the country.
With Ericsson Radio System, MTN will provide advanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access services that will unlock a range of new business opportunities. The new 5G services can generate unique sustainable development initiatives in agriculture, energy, financial inclusion and security, among others, and overcome past institutional challenges and barriers to growth.
Mohammed Rufai, Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria said: “5G will revolutionize the way we live and communicate across industries. With the speeds that 5G offers, we will be able to experience the internet with low latency, meaning there is no lag, making our virtual interactions more real. At MTN, we will continue to drive the adoption of 5G technology to revolutionize internet access across the continent.”
Hossam Kandeel, Vice President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said: “5G is not just about speed. 5G helps people do more with their devices and opens up a whole new world of possibilities for society. 5G connectivity is likely to pave the way for life-changing advances and we are proud to be a part of Nigeria’s 5G digital transformation that has only just begun. As connectivity is the backbone of digitization, we are committed to providing our partners at MTN Nigeria with the best service to support them on this exciting journey.”
Going forward, MTN Nigeria’s 5G network operated by Ericsson will be powered by software-defined network capabilities, where a combination of currently available and well-understood AI techniques will enable greater levels of practical autonomous operations. AI creates opportunities in terms of improved performance, increased efficiency, enhanced customer experience, and the creation of new business models and use cases for 5G, IoT, and enterprise.
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