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MTN conducts 5G trial in Calabar, acknowledges NCC’s regulatory merit



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MTN Nigeria​​ has 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.

The Chief Technical Officer of MTN, Mohammed Rufai, gave the commendation at the second trial of 5G technology by MTN, conducted last week at MTN Office, Etta Agbor Road, Calabar, Cross River State.

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Dignitaries experiencing the 5G network through a virtual reality video.

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.

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L-R: Assistant Comptroller, Immigration, Calabar, Ekpenyong Akah; Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mohammed Rufai; Assistant Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, Keneth Uzoekwe; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Cross Rivers, Dr. Aye He show; Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NCC, Truddy Tony-Awusaku and Manager, Spectrum Administration, NCC, Ifeanyi Ifebigh, at the event.

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.

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“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.

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Henshaw (middle) experiencing the technology.

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.

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