MTN South Africa launched 5G trial

MTN has deployed a trial 5G network as an indoor business solution, and the company stated that commercial-grade 5G network equipment and devices were used in this deployment. This is a joint project between MTN, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre which would allow for further evaluation of the benefits of 5G connectivity for corporate customers.

The 5G indoor solution consists of an end-to-end dedicated 5G network operating in 100MHz of 28GHz licensed spectrum and where download speeds of over 630Mbps and uplink speeds exceeding 130Mbps.

A 5G router accessible to Kyalami employees and attendees provides a fibre-like 5G service to mobile devices and computers via Wi-Fi connectivity.

“MTN SA is working with a number of partners to identify more 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of their industries,” Chiarelli said.

“Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre offers MTN the unique opportunity to test 5G services within a corporate and public indoor environment, while providing us with the opportunity to explore advanced 5G IoT and mission critical use cases.”

MTN South Africa said the deployment of a live 5G network at Kyalami is another step towards accelerating the development of 5G in the South African market.