MTN and Airtel ready for 5G deployment in Nigeria

Indications have emerged that the telecommunication giants, MTN Nigeria and Airtel Nigeria, will likely be the first two players to deploy the Fifth Generation, 5G network in Nigeria by January 2022.

Prof. Umar Dambatta, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), revealed that the commission had granted Airtel right to demonstrate its own 5G services, to determine how efficient it can be.

It has to be noted that MTN was given the same opportunity and the trial was carried out in 2019. According to Danbatta, the NCC is in the process of another non-commercial trial with Airtel.

He said: “Recently we granted approval to the Proof-of-Concept (PoC) and Non-Commercial 5G trials in the 3.5 and 26GHz bands to MTN Communications PLC, and now we are in the process of another non-commercial trial with Airtel”.

To recall, Airtel has also confirmed the development, saying the trial ought to have even happened this September.

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