MTN and Ericsson announced at the MTN headquarters in South Africa that companies will begin the first 5G technology and applications trial in Africa, which is part of a 5G demonstration starting in the first quarter of 2018.

MTN has conducted the first “5G technology and applications trial in Africa” at its head office in Johannesburg. The trial was conducted in partnership with Ericsson and is part of the companies’ planned 5G demonstration.

This comes after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at AfricaCom 2017 to collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies, one of the first of its kind in Africa. The 5G trial with MTN achieved a throughput of more than 20Gbps with less than 5ms latency, which is the highest achieved on a mobile network in Africa. The 5G trial is based on commercially available baseband hardware and 5G mobility is supported.

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MTN has tested a range of 5G use cases and applications in its Test Lab proof of concept in South Africa, which will lead to a commercial deployment in the near future. According to MTN, the company and its partners will continue to identifying 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industries such as mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and utilities.

Source: My Broadband