In a turn of events that should be very well celebrated by Africans, Ericsson and telecommunications giant MTN have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring the 5G to Africa by 2018. Recall that 4G launched in Nigeria just a few years back. The two companies had this agreement at the AfricaCom 2017 and if followed through, would be the first in the African continent.
According to Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO, MTN South Africa, he said that “5G gives us the opportunity to rethink our business and address previously untapped value chains. The new technology opens up new opportunities in new ecosystems,”
“In collaboration with Ericsson, we are continuously testing, learning and pushing the boundaries of how 5G can meet the diverse needs of our customers in the future. We’re developing 5G technology based on real business needs,” he says.
Seckin Arikan, who is the Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit MTN at Ericsson Middle East and Africa opined that, “Not only does Ericsson have the most signed telecom operator MoUs in the industry, but we are now the first to launch a 5G initiative with MTN in Africa,”
“This supports our strategy of delivering next-generation mobile broadband, cloud and providing support for massive Internet of Things (IoT) deployment. This initiative also enables new industry use cases thanks to increased throughput and reduced latency,” he adds.
Well well, I really do hope this is followed through to the latter. It’d be something worthwhile if the 5G is launched in Africa by 2018, and hopefully, Nigeria would be a first point of launch. Tell us what you feel about this.