The First 5G Trial In Africa Hits 20Gbps, 1000x Faster Than Econet’s 4G
12 January 2018
MTN South Africa conducted a 5G technology and applications trial at its head office in Johannesburg in partnership with Ericsson. 5G refers to fifth generation mobile networks or wireless networks.
The two companies are collaborating on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa. The trial, which was part of their 5G demonstration as well as being the first in Africa, was based on commercially-available baseband hardware.
Some geek speak here: MTN received a temporary licence for 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band to conduct its 5G trial. The test achieved a throughput (data transfer rate) of 20Gbps with a latency of less than 5 milliseconds (ms). (Latency refers to the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer.)