Africa is Not Ready For SuperFast 5G Network Says MTN

According to MTN, 5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas and the cloud to offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks and serve as critical infrastructure for a range of industries.

“This is the technology that would be used for very specific cases. It would not be a technology for everybody because most people don’t need it, your phone works fine on just 3G,” Rob Shuter told Reuters at a telecoms conference in Durban.

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“You also need the equipment itself. So right now there’s no 5G handsets and even the routers that can receive 5G network are very few and very expensive.”

Many of MTN’s users in emerging markets across Africa and the Middle East are still awaiting 4G and are likely to have to get by with 3G connections for years more.

“What we are doing now is to learn from the technology and get our network ready for it but I think 3G is much more relevant in most of our markets,” hence Africa is not ready for 5G technology yet.

Via – Reuters

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27 thoughts on “Africa is Not Ready For SuperFast 5G Network Says MTN”

  1. Backwards people that doesn’t expect new technologies. Whether it’s 5g or 10g
    , it’s not bad if we join other developed countries.

    • Bro even the developed countries are still debating on how to reduce the cost of 5g, so you should not be surprised if someone says this about africa, you might not like it but it is the truth.

  2. Africans are not to blame as most would think, we have awaken and the looting of Africans by MTN to be precise is almost over. Hence they don’t see the profit on their ends for implementing the tecnology. As the info tells us “Most of MTN subscribers would have to get by with 3G for years to come” Other telcos such as Glo are trying to get the 4G network up and running in as much states as possible in Nigeria, MTN is just not putting in any effort, instead they are busy reducing the data cap on their data plans. Saying Africa is not ready for 5G is a backward statement to make, the real statement to make is that MTN is not ready for 5G. How can they when they are not going to be set with 4G anytime soon. Lets continue dumping MTN then they will be less insultive on Africans when making such ignorant statements…
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  4. Some are saying africa is far behind, is it me and you that is the course, the people in that sector are the ones to step up.. But they are not magicians considering the state african leadership.. It will definitely take years. Africa and the telcos are definitely not ready for 5G

  5. this is Africa he’s talking about here, a continent of millions, he can’t just say we all aren’t ready for it. He should say they (MTN) don’t have the resources to dive that deep, more people across Africa are using 4G network more than we think

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