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MTN SA, Ericsson in 5G collaboration

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MTN SA and Ericsson sign an MOU for 5G collaboration.
MTN SA and Ericsson sign an MOU for 5G collaboration.

MTN SA and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding to trial 5G in the country at the start of the first quarter of 2018.

In a statement, MTN SA says the two companies will collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies in the country.

Ericsson will provide end-to-end 5G capabilities in support of MTN SA's growth, 5G and enterprise monetisation ambitions. MTN will trial a range of 5G use cases and applications in its laboratory, which it says will lead to commercial deployment in the future.

"5G gives us the opportunity to rethink our business and address previously untapped value chains. The new technology opens up new opportunities in new ecosystems," says Giovanni Chiarelli, chief technology and information officer, MTN SA.

"In collaboration with Ericsson, we are continuously testing, learning and pushing the boundaries of how 5G can meet the diverse needs of our customers in the future. We're developing 5G technology based on real business needs," he states.

Seckin Arikan, VP and head of global customer unit for MTN at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, adds: "This supports our strategy of delivering next-generation mobile broadband, cloud and providing support for massive Internet of things deployment. This initiative also enables new industry use cases thanks to increased throughput and reduced latency."

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