5G will spur industrial transformation, MTN Group CEO says

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Group, Ralph Mupita, has said the fifth generation (5G) technology is vital in ensuring Africa’s economic development and actualizing its full potential.

He said this during a chat with MTN media innovation program (MIP) fellows during a courtesy visit at the MTN Nigeria headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos.

In August, MTN kicked off the 5G rollout in seven Nigerian cities including Lagos and Abuja.

Mupita said: “It is important that we emphasize how using 5G for business-to-business applications and margination would be the catalyst for Africa’s growth.

“I think we will find in five years, maybe even sooner, that on the African continent, 5G is what would enable economies to accelerate their industrial development across the educational, agriculture, mining, or transportation industries.

“There has been quite a bit of investment into national 5G coverage where citizens and businesses of Nigeria are leading.

“If we get to 50 percent population coverage by 2025, Nigeria will lead many nation-states in the developed markets through the extent of national coverage. 5G technology will be a critical infrastructure in the country, enabling Nigeria to meet its promise and capabilities.”



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