Airtel Set To Launch 5G Network in Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria, a telecommunications provider, is set to launch its 5G mobile network on Monday.

This move is expected to intensify competition within the Nigerian telecoms market, attract new customers, and improve Airtel’s market share.

The introduction of Airtel’s 5G network is expected to support the Nigerian authorities’ ambitions for digital transformation by accelerating broadband adoption.

According to the latest data from the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Airtel currently holds 27.01 percent of the national mobile subscriber base.

Airtel’s entry into the 5G space marks its venture into the ultra-broadband segment, which has been predominantly dominated by MTN since its launch of the latest-generation technology in September 2022.

Additionally, Mafab Communications has been providing 5G services since January of the same year.

In January, Airtel announced the acquisition of a 5G spectrum and additional spectrum for its 4G network, with a total investment of $316.7 million.

This license acquisition increases the number of 5G licenses in Nigeria to three. In 2021, MTN Nigeria and Mafab Nigeria Communications Limited secured the two available 100 MHz TDD slots of the 3.5 GHz band.

Don Pedro Aganbi

Don Pedro Aganbi is a Nigerian Journalist, broadcaster, Filmmaker, brand and Public Relations Specialist and 1st prize winner, TV category, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) & Africa Information Society Initiatives (AISI) Awards. He is also a recipient of the Global IT Champion Awards, courtesy of World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).

He is the Founder/Managing Partner, TechTV Network and convener of the hugely popular Titans of Tech Awards, Pan African Digital Initiative Summit & Expo and the TechTV Digital Agenda Forum.

Don Pedro Aganbi is the producer and host of the popular international award winning TV show, TechTV.

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