- The Federal government of Nigeria announced plan to begin the rollout of 5G network in the country has kicked off
- The roll-out is exactly Eight months after the NCC auction out the 5G spectrum after 8 rounds of bidding
- MTN and Mafab Communications both emerged winners after paying over $273.6 million to government account
MTN Nigeria finally launched its 5G network service across the country on Wednesday for public use.
The service went live at 190 sites operated by MTN across the country, mainly in Lagos and Abuja.
Wednesday’s launch by MTN comes on the same day that the National Communications Commission, NCC had set aside as the date of official authorization for the rollout of the service, BusinessDay reports.
By October, the MTN 5G service would be operating at 500-600 sites across Nigeria.
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NCC speaks on benefits of 5G
In a recent address, the Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, said the Fifth Generation (5G) technology would change how Nigerians use the internet.
“In line with the information memorandum, the licensees are expected to commence the rollout of 5G services effective from August 24, 2022.
“The successful completion of the process leading to the final letters is confirmation that the rollout of 5G technology services in Nigeria is on course.
“The potential for expansion is a great opportunity for 5G deployment as operators are certain of recouping their investment. The technology is associated with exceptionally high speed”
List of compatible phones for MTN 5G pilot launch
Huawei and Xiaomi handsets are favourites among those able to use the newly launched 5G service on MTN today, Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
For iPhone users, it will take another 2-3 months for the same upgrade to happen.
While subscribers carrying Samsung handsets may have to wait for 4-6 weeks for the system upgrade required before they can engage the 5G network in Nigeria.
How to check if your phone is 5G compatible
Step 1: Open network settings
First, go to "Settings" and open the "Preferred network type."
In case you're using Redmi Note 5 Pro (Dual SIM), Go to: "Settings" > "SIM cards & mobile networks" > select a SIM > "Preferred network type". If 5G is listed among them, then your phone supports 5G.
Here are some of the 5G compatible phone
For Android, Vivo V20 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, google pixel 6, OnePlus 8 Pro, Motorola moto g 5G, Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10T, Realme V3 and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, among others.
Only iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models are 5G compatible for an iPhone user.
Togo becomes first African country to get Google’s 5G network cable
Meanwhile, Google’s much-touted Equaino submarine cable had made a stop at Togo, the first on the African continent.
The submarine cable was to run from Portugal, along the West African coast connecting Europe to Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa and Saint, Helena.
The fifth generation (5G) mobile service touched down in Togo on Friday, March 18, 2022, as part of a collaboration with the Togolese government, Google and CSSquared which is open-access broadband.