Airtel launches 5G, promises to expand

By Blossom On-Emore

Airtel Nigeria, one of the leading telecommunications companies in the country, has officially launched the fifth generation technology, commonly called 5G.

This brings the number of 5G network operators in the country to three as MTN and MAFAB had launched the technology which promises to deliver super-fast data services and redefine services in other sectors of the economy including medicine, agric, etc., earlier.

Femi Oshinlaja, Chief Commercial Officer at Airtel Nigeria, made this known in a tweet on the company’s official tweet handle said 5G services will be available in four major cities of Nigeria, the Federal Capital Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, Ogun and Rivers States. he added that services would be extended to other parts of the country subsequently.

Airtel Nigeria, acquired the fourth-generation (4G) and fifth-generation (5G) spectrums from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for a cumulative price of $316.7 million in January 2023.

The telco purchased 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3500MHz band and 2x5MHz of 2600MHz from the NCC for a gross consideration of $316.7 million, “payable in local currency”.

Speaking on the acquisition, Segun Ogunsanya, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Airtel Africa, said Nigeria is a market with enormous potential for future growth in mobile services.

He said investment in new technologies and local infrastructure to enable “this growth is a strategic priority for the group and will ensure we are able to provide reliable and affordable services to local communities across the country”.


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