MTN South Africa conducts outdoor 5G trial

MTN South Africa has conducted outdoor trial of 5G.

MTN conducted this trial with Huawei. The trial was conducted using Huawei’s commercial 5G terminal in conjunction with an existing tower. The operator reached download speeds of 530Mbps and upload speeds of 79Mbps, and a latency of 7ms.

The network allocated 100MHz of its high-frequency 28GHz spectrum to conduct the test and used Huawei’s 5G outdoor terminal to deliver the connection to a Huawei Wi-Fi router.

“This is the first time we are demonstrating a complete end-to-end 5G network operating in a real-world environemnt,” said MTN.

MTN said the rollout of 5G services to smartphones and other handheld devices would depend on the allocation of lower-frequency spectrum to operators and the development of compatible devices.

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