MTN finalizes Ericsson and Huawei for 5G

MTN has successfully launched it’s superfast 5G next generation mobile network across major cities in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth using Ericsson and Huawei equipment.

Leveraging on multiple bands, MTN deployed 5G in 2.1 GHz using Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands. 3.5 GHz, known as C-band, is the global mainstream spectrum for 5G deployment and Massive MIMO is the mainstream product form.

MTN South Africa went live with commercial 5G using Ericsson equipment in Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. Ericsson has deployed products and solutions spanning radio access network (RAN) Ericsson Radio System, transport and 5G Core network portfolios. Ericsson is also deploying Ericsson Spectrum Sharing technologies.

MTN’s 5G deployment in Johannesburg uses industry-leading Huawei Massive MIMO. This technology guarantees the user experience for the services that require high bandwidths such as 4K video, multi-angle video and AR/VR services and provide broadband services for families and SMEs. Huawei’s DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) technology enables operators to quickly provide 5G services by upgrading existing 4G base stations to 5G without changing antennas and radio units.

To enable wider 5G coverage, MTN uses dynamic spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G in the 2.1 GHz band. 2.1 GHz spectrum can provide wider coverage due to its lower frequency spectrum characteristics.

Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTN South Africa said, “5G has the potential to accelerate the digital transformation of industries, as well as empower consumers with innovative applications. Our strategic partnership with innovative partners is integral to our efforts.”

Fadi Pharaon, President, Ericsson Middle East and Africa said, “We have a rich history of working in close partnership with MTN and now we are going live with 5G in South Africa. With many live commercial 5G networks across the globe, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with MTN, jointly leading and driving innovation to ensure the digitalization of Africa.”

“MTN is the first in Africa to deploy the DSS technology in a 5G live network, which can dynamically adjust the spectrum in milliseconds based on 4G and 5G service requirements, maximizing spectrum utilization,” said Huawei CEO – South Africa Spawn Fan.

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