MTN launches live 5G indoor solution at Kyalami International Convention Centre


Johannesburg, 10 Apr 2019
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MTN South Africa has successfully launched a live 5G indoor solution at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre. This is the first time that MTN SA has deployed a trial 5G network in an indoor business environment, with standards-based commercial-grade 5G network equipment and devices.

This joint project between MTN SA and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre will enable collective evaluation regarding the benefits that 5G connectivity can provide to corporate customers, while laying the foundation to test more advanced 5G use cases.

The 5G indoor solution consists of an end-to-end dedicated 5G network operating in 100MHz of 28GHz licensed spectrum and achieves downlink throughputs exceeding 630Mbps and uplink throughputs exceeding 130Mbps. The 5G solution includes a 5G router to enable Kyalami employees and conference attendees to access the fibre-like 5G service via WiFi connectivity on their mobile devices during the test period. Once 5G mobile terminals are commercially released by the handset OEMs, the same 5G indoor solution will be capable of supplying connectivity directly to those devices.

"MTN SA is working with a number of partners to identify more 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of their industries. Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre offers MTN the unique opportunity to test 5G services within a corporate and public indoor environment, while providing us with the opportunity to explore advanced 5G IOT and mission-critical use cases," said Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO, MTN SA.

"The most significant challenge preventing MTN from commercially launching 5G services is the lack of appropriate 5G spectrum. However, despite this lack of licensed 5G spectrum, MTN has continued to pioneer the use of 5G technology within the country, so that when such spectrum is made available, then MTN will be in an ideal position to begin supporting 5G use cases in a variety of environments and industries."

As South Africa's best mobile network provider, MTN SA is committed to providing its subscribers with the best customer experience using the latest in mobile network technologies. The joint launch of a 5G indoor network between MTN and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre will assist in developing a deeper understanding of the capabilities of 5G technology and the use cases it supports, thereby accelerating the development of 5G in the South African market.

MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN". As of 31 December 2018, MTN recorded 233 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. Visit MTN at www.mtn.com or www.mtn.co.za.

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Mthokozisi Ndlovu (083) 209 2683 Mthokozisi.Ndlovu@mtn.com
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