By Ibiyemi Mathew
MTN Nigeria has showcased the fifth-generation network technology 5G in Calabar and acknowledged the remarkably critical role played by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in creating the regulatory platform for early trial of Fifth Generation (5G) technology deployment in the country.
Mohammed Rufai, Chief Technical Officer of MTN, gave the commendation at the second trial of 5G technology by MTN, conducted at MTN Office, Etta Agbor Road, Calabar, Cross River State.Rufai was represented at the event by Mr Kenneth Udekwu, an Assistant Director.
Recalling that NCC’s proactive regulations have made Nigeria the first country in West Africa to carry out 5G trial, Rufai said: “We thank all the stakeholders and our partners, especially the telecoms regulator, NCC, for making the birth of this 5G revolution journey possible with MTN as pioneer telecom company in this aspect.”
He explained that “MTN had worked with the NCC in all the stages leading to today’s trial in Calabar in order to let stakeholders see the huge potential, possibilities and the connectivity available to transform all aspects of our life through 5G technology.”
During the 5G demonstration, MTN focused on how 5G gives better experience to customers in terms of capacity, speed and latency.
Rufai, who conducted the test trial affirmed that 5G gives highly impressive throughput and speed quality unmatched with what consumers currently enjoy on any 4G networks in Nigeria.
“As you can see, the speed on 5G network is 10 times the current Internet speed being enjoyed on 4G networks,” he told the enthusiastic audience at the Calabar trial.
The NCC delegation to the 5G trial in Calabar was led by Kenneth Uzoekwe, an engineer and Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, who stated that the NCC is posed to continuously drive regulatory initiative that will put the country on the cutting edge of digitisation for increased value creation and bringing fresh perspectives in productivity to Nigerian citizens.
“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, Governor 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,” Mr Ayade said.