MTN has launched its fifth-generation 5G network, with 100 sites live across areas in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and Port Elizabeth.
What is 5G?
Newest, fastest generation wireless network technology that is faster and able to handle more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network.
The freshly launched MTN 5G is said to deliver higher peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, increased reliability, and greater network capacity.
MTN will deliver 5G connectivity on four different spectrum bands:
- 3.5 GHz band across 58 sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein;
- 2 100 MHz and 1 800 MHz at 35 sites in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
- 700 MHz at 5 sites in small towns, namely Port Alfred, Hopetown, Virginia, Queenstown, and Tsantsabane.
- 28 GHz at 3 sites in Hatfield PTA, Edenvale JHB, and Durban.
“We are extremely encouraged by the release of the temporary spectrum by Icasa. Our call to the regulator and government is to release permanent 4G and 5G spectrum as a matter of urgency so that we can fuel the digital revolution our nation needs to bridge the digital divide that currently deepens the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’,” said MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa.
The new technology will be available as 5G home WiFi, a home-connected plug and play solution connecting WiFi-enabled devices, and 5G Mobile, connected to the 5G network.
MTN is offering data packages between 75 GB to 500 GB ranging in price from R699 to R1 599 on a 24-month sim-only contract and between R499 and R1 299 on a 36-month sim-only contract.
Also on offer are 24-month and 36-month unlimited data plans, including a 5G router, priced at R999 and R1 249 a month respectively, with a fair use policy of 200 GB.