MTN South Africa selects Ericsson for commercial 5G Core and Radio



Earlier this week, MTN South Africa and Huawei carried out a 5G trial during the AfricaCom event, South African press reported.

The demo runs on test spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, which is also called the C-Band. The Chinese vendor said that its previous demonstrations with MTN used spectrum in the 28GHz band.

MTN said that the demo uses real 5G non-standalone equipment, and is connected to its live core network in Cape Town.

South Africa should not rush into 5G – Ericsson

Eva Andren, VP and head of managed services for Ericsson in the MEA region, has warned against rushing into 5G in South Africa until there is sufficient demand for the technology.

Speaking at a media briefing, Andren highlighted that while many networks are looking to get into the 5G space, investing too heavily into the technology quickly could result in a poor return on investment.

“It’s a question of timing,” explained Andren.

“If your timing is not right, you may not get the return of investment you are looking for. So you need to ask if the market is ready for it.”

Andren also highlighted that if your 5G network doesn’t have comprehensive coverage, users will be frustrated that they can’t always get the speeds they are expected.

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