Telecommunications firm MTN Group on Tuesday launched 5G network across 100 sites in South Africa, making a major statement to its competitors.
MTN South Africa Chief Executive Godfrey Motsa revealed the development, saying they are awaiting regulatory approval to roll out to more sites.
“Today, from MTN’s birthplace of South Africa, we are stepping up our digital revolution with the next generation of telecommunication technology, demonstrating to all South Africans that 5G is no longer just an idea – it is here, it works and it has the capacity to bring about exponential improvements to our economy, and to the lives of the people we serve,” said Motsa, according to Connectingafrica.com.
MTN Group was among the first telcos to test 5G in Africa and the first in all its 21 operations in the continent.
The launch covers certain areas in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, as well as some smaller towns.
The company says 5G speeds will be 10 times faster than what 4G offers.
In May, rival Vodacom launched 5G in three cities in South Africa – Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town – also with limited coverage for now