By Juliet Umeh
Telecommunications network, MTN South Africa, has officially deployed its fifth generation network, 5G, in 100 sites in Johannesburg.
With this, the network had put south Africa ahead of Nigeria in 5G map, despite it tried 5G network first, in Nigeria.
It is also its first attempt at deploying 5G across its 21 operations in Africa and the Middle East.
The 5G network covers areas of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
According to the telco, it will deliver 5G connectivity on the 3.5 GHz band at 58 sites including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bloemfontein, as well as use the 2,100 MHz and 1,800 MHz bands at 35 sites.
It also is re-farming some 4G spectrum to allow it to run 4G and 5G services at the same time, in the same band. This allows for easier migration of network technology from LTE to 5G and allows the company to deploy 5G using existing spectrum assets in the absence of additional high demand spectrum. MTN also deployed 5G sites on the 2,100 MHz band in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
In addition, it will use the 700 MHz band at five sites for extensive coverage in small towns, including Port Alfred, Hopetown, Virginia Queenstown and Tsantsabane. The operator will finally use the 28 GHz range at three sites in Hatfield (Pretoria), Edenvale and Durban.
MTN also said it was the first in the southern hemisphere to demonstrate AAA game streaming over its 5G network.