Africa is not ready for Super fast 5G network, Says MTN’s CEO

September 12, 2018
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MTN Chief Executive Officer, Rob Shuter, said on Tuesday at the Telecoms conference in Durban that, Africa is not ready for the next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in about five years from now.

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He stated that his position was due to the fact that most phones in Africa worked fine on just the 3G network.


5G networks, now in the final testing stage, it will work by relying on denser arrays of small antennas and the cloud to offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.


Besides, 5G networks serve as critical infrastructure for a range of industries. This is the technology that would be used for very specific cases.


It would not be a technology for everybody because most people don’t need it, your phone works fine on just 3G.


You also need the equipment itself. So right now there is no 5G handsets and even the routers that can receive 5G network are very few and very expensive,” Shuter said.

Many of MTN’s users in emerging markets across Africa and the Middle East are still awaiting 4G and are likely to have to get by with 3G connections for years more.

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Shuter also said that;


What we are doing now is to learn from the technology and get our network ready for it but I think 3G is much more relevant in most of our markets

He however didn’t comment on his company’s multi-billion dollar dispute with Nigerian authorities because the matter is before a court in the West African country.

With what the CEO said, it is with all surety that we won’t be getting 5G network anytime soon in Nigeria at least not when we are still yet to get a wider coverage of the 4G networks and Stability of the 3G network.

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