5G network has brought some controversies in recent times even after theorists condemning this particular broadband network for being part of this pandemic’s conspiracy, MTN has plans to launch the 5G network this June.
This network was first introduced at the TECHFEST in 2018 with the trial launched in November 2019 at both Abuja and Lagos shortly after the company ran a trial for this network in South Africa which achieved up to 20 Gigabyte per second (Gbps) with less than five minutes latency.
Already, MTN has begun promoting its 5G value proposition in its latest Y’ello magazine right in South Africa. The promotion in the Y’ello magazine states that MTN will make the “best network even better with 5G-enabled smartphones”.
This promotion forms part of the launch of the new 5G-enabled Huawei P40 or P40 Pro smartphones in South Africa, MyBroadBand reports.
When will MTN 5G be launched?
MTN says both post-paid and prepaid customers with 5G-enabled devices and an LTE SIM card qualify for the service. “Current 4G devices will not be able to use the new network, which will require new 5G-enabled wireless devices,” it said. The 5G service is set to be available on current LTE SIM card customer price plan rates.
In its fine print in the Y’ello magazine, MTN states that its 5G network service offering is valid from Monday 1 June 2020 and that it is only available in LTE coverage areas.
It is understood that delays in bringing some 5G equipment into South Africa have pushed back the planned launch date slightly. It is understood that once this 5G network is successfully launched in South Africa, it is expected to roll out to Nigeria in the second quarter of the year.