Namibia launches 5G trial

5G … MTC managing director Licky Erastus and information and communication technology minister Emma Theofelus during the launch of the fifth generation (5G) trial on Monday. Photo: Shania Lazarus

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) in collaboration with Huawei has launched the first fifth generation (5G) mobile network trial in Namibia.

During the launch event in Windhoek on Monday, MTC managing director Licky Erastus said although MTC is not yet ready for commercial roll-out, the trial demonstrates the opportunities 5G can present to a digitally led economy.

“We wish to make it known that today’s event is not a commercial launch of 5G services in Namibia by MTC, but a trial demonstration, at which MTC wants to share with you, our important guests, what a possible 5G future in Namibia could look like,” he said.

He added that 5G is a fundamental platform for the fourth industrial revolution.

“5G is not just another G on the path of mobile technology evolution. 5G combines greater data transfer speeds and heightened processing power to enable the Internet of Things connectivity on a massive scale. It will have a significant impact on every aspect of our digital lives.”

He said 5G comes with reduced data rates, reduced latency, energy savings, cost reductions and higher system changes.

“I am pleased to inform you that since November 2023, we have been conducting capability tests of 5G on one of our rooftop sites here at our head office and as indicated, the objectives were simply to do a readiness and preparedness assessment for MTC’s 5G future roll-out plan of this technology,” said Erastus.

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