MTN showcases 5G network in Calabar| MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (www.mtnonline.com) on Thursday showcased the fifth generation network technology (5G) in Calabar to its customers ahead of its inauguration.
The MTN Chief Technical Officer, Mohammed Rufai, said the exercise was in continuation of the company’s effort toward educating Nigerians about the new technology.
This exercise is however coming pending its approval by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Rufai was represented at the event Mr Kenneth Udekwu, an Assistant Director at the Telecom firm.
“What we have done today is not official unveiling of 5G but rather to continue to educate the public on the uniqueness of the 5G product. It is first of its kind in West Africa,” he said.
Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Ben Ayade, said Cross River was ready to partner with MTN on digital technology.
The governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr. Aye Henshaw, lauded MTN for choosing Calabar for the show.
“We are glad to have you here. Calabar is a digital city and Cross River is a digital state with a digital governor.
“We will be happy to partner with you as we continue in the development of our smart city project,” Ayade said.
The largest telecommunication firm in Nigeria had announced that the country has become the first in West Africa to try 5G technology and applications.
This is believed to be the result of a strong collaboration between the Ministry of Communications Technology and Digital Economy, the Nigerian Communications Commission, MTN and Huawei (Abuja), ZTE (Calabar) and Ericsson (Lagos.)
It also notified that immersive demo and experience will travel across three Nigerian cities to showcase the capabilities of 5G and its potential to enable economic growth, and social inclusion.
Analysts believe that the adoption of 5G technology in Nigeria would change the way individuals and businesses conducts their operations.