MTN South Africa launches 5G test with Huawei

MTN South African mobile operator, together with Huawei, launched its 5G C-Band trial on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 as part of its 5G network upgrade plan.

C- Band also called “golden band” for the 5G spectrum, is considered a value spectrum slice and includes a frequency range of about 3.3 to 3.8 GHz. Many countries around the world are deploying this band of spectrum to provide their 5G services.

MTN and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a 5G joint program for innovation and evaluation of new technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence (AI). Thanks to these innovations, MTN SA hopes to develop use cases with a social impact, particularly smart cities and education based on 5G and AI technologies.

MTN CTIO, Giovanni Chiarelli said, “MTN is very pleased to launch the 5G C-band trial in South Africa. This trial demonstrates the capability of this new technology while giving customers a glimpse of what the future holds, showcasing the next generation of applications for consumer and enterprise customers. MTN will further co-operate with Huawei to accelerate commercial 5G deployment.”

Dean Yu, Huawei Carrier Business VP for Southern Africa, added, “5G is at the stage of large-scale deployment in 2019 globally. In 5G era, more “Cloud Native” services will appear. With the redefinition of the smart clients, broad pipes, and Cloud applications, devices can be significantly simplified and more capabilities can be mapped from clouds to devices. Huawei will keep supporting MTN through its challenges and requirements, providing the most innovative product and solution for MTN, bringing the ultimate experience to MTN subscribers.”