MTN Nigeria Communications Plc commercially launched the fifth-generation technology, commonly called 5G, in Nigeria on Sunday.
This is following a pilot launch of 5G by MTN in August, keeping with the Nigerian Communications Commission rollout guideline. In August, the firm announced a pilot launch of 5G and its plan to roll out services in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri.
With this commercial launch, 5G services are now available in these locations. According to MTN, 5G is expected to be rolled out in phases, with full national coverage expected by 2025.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola, stated thus, “Every major technological evolution changes the way we live, the way we connect; changes what is possible. GSM took phone calls on the road, 2G added texting to our experience (and created a whole new language), 3G brought the internet to our phones, and 4G made video widely available on mobiles.
“5G will change everything. It will allow us to connect, create, collaborate, and compete in ways we cannot imagine yet. Today we will show you a glimpse of the many possibilities 5G has in store. What is most important is what you and every Nigerian can create with it.”