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It’s official, MTN has just launched a 5G network in South Africa. Well, it has been official for the past two days prior to me writing this article.

According to MTN, the new 5G network will deliver higher peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, increased reliability, and greater network capacity.

MTN has launched its 5G network with a total of 100 sites covering the major parts of South Africa like Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

“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 MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa.

MTN said it is introducing the re-farming of some 4G spectrum to allow it to run 4G and 5G spectrum, at the same time, in the same band.

“This allows for easier migration of network technology from LTE to 5G,” the company said.

MTN’s service is offered in two variants – 5G home Wi-Fi and 5G mobile.

5G home Wi-Fi promises average speeds of 100Mbps and peak speeds of 500Mbps, while 5G mobile offers average speeds of 50Mbps and peak speeds of 500Mbps.

MTN is offering a wide range of 24-month and 36-month data plans priced between R499 and R1,599 per month.

This is in addition to unlimited data plans for R999 on a 36-month contract and R1,249 on a 24-month contract.


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