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5G network launched in Bloem and PE

  • MTN South Africa went live on 30 June 2020 with a commercial 5G offering, using Ericsson products in Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
  • The launch is first of the mobile operator’s 22 operations and is a continuation of the MoU signed in 2019 between Ericsson and MTN at AfricaCom.

MTN South Africa announced the availability of its 5G commercial offering using Ericsson products in the cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

The MTN 5G launch is central to the mobile operator’s commitment towards accelerating Africa’s growth plans. The launch confirmed Ericsson’s ability as a Core and Radio Access Network (RAN) infrastructure enabling the deployment of next-generation technology to deliver rich consumer experiences while building a robust, future-proof 5G network.

MTN previously upgraded to Evolved Packet Core (EPC) by Ericsson which enabled MTN to launch 5G services based on new radio (NR) non-standalone (NSA) while paving the way for a smooth evolution into NR Standalone and 5G Core (5GC) in future.

Ericsson currently has 95 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 55 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 43 live 5G networks on five continents.

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