MTN Nigeria Communications Plc on Sunday launched its commercial 5G network in Lagos.
The Lagos 5G commercial launch came on the heels of its 5G pilot launch three weeks ago, as mandated by the telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
During the pilot launch, MTN had promised to carry out a 5G commercial launch in six cities, beginning from Lagos.
Speaking during the launch in Lagos on Sunday, its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Karl Toriola, said the event was in fulfilment of MTN’s earlier promise to begin the 5G commercial launch in cities, within one month of the 5G rollout.
According to MTN, to access the 5G network and enjoy its benefits, customers would need compatible devices, such as routers and mobile phones, which can be pre-ordered from designated MTN walk-in stores and online via the MTN Nigeria website and e-marketplace.
The pre-ordered devices could be picked up or would be delivered to customers at designated locations.
MTN showed its readiness to offer Nigerians the best of service with 5G technology, when it became the first telecom operator to roll out 5G technology services on its network on August 24, 2022.
MTN Nigeria kicked off an open 5G pilot in the lead-up to its highly anticipated commercial launch.
The spectrum issued to MTN Nigeria as one of the two successful winners of the 5G license bid holds a promising future for technology in Nigeria, and is projected to contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034, according to a recent GSMA Intelligence report –‘The Mobile Economy.’
The implementation of 5G was expected to accelerate the actualisation of the national targets in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, as well as other sectoral policies designed to enhance Nigeria’s digital transformation.