PRESS RELEASE: Huawei’s 5G equipment delivers mighty speeds for MTN in Johannesburg
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 2nd JULY 2020, –/ Centre for African Journalists (CAJ) News, MTN this week successfully launched its superfast 5G next generation mobile network across major cities in South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
During a YouTube livestream media launch, speed tests were performed at various locations in Johannesburg showing download speeds in excess of 600Mbps, with latencies averaging 15ms demonstrated.
Third party tests  reported download speeds peaking in excess of
700Mbps and upload speeds peaking at 100Mbps.
Huawei Massive MIMO deployed in Johannesburg
Leveraging on multiple bands, MTN deployed 5G in 2.1GHz using Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands. 3.5 GHz, known as C-band, is the global mainstream spectrum for 5G deployment, and Massive MIMO is the mainstream product form.
MTN’s 5G deployment in Johannesburg uses industry-leading Huawei Massive MIMO. This technology guarantees the user experience for services that require high bandwidths such as 4K video, multi-angle video, and AR/VR services, and provide broadband services for families and SMEs.
To enable wider 5G coverage, MTN uses dynamic spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G in the 2.1 GHz band. The 2.1 GHz spectrum can provide wider coverage due to its lower frequency spectrum characteristics.
Huawei’s DSS (dynamic spectrum sharing) technology enables operators to quickly provide 5G services by upgrading existing 4G base stations to 5G without changing antennas and radio units.
First in Africa
“MTN is the first in Africa to deploy the DSS technology on a 5G live
network, which can dynamically adjust the spectrum in milliseconds based on 4G and 5G service requirements, maximising spectrum utilisation”, says Huawei CEO Spawn Fan.
The millimeter-wave band has abundant spectrum resources and can provide a huge capacity to provide services for hotspots and home broadband. MTN uses 100 MHz millimeter wave spectrum resources to provide broadband resources for Enterprises and SMEs, which can enjoy high speed internet services and enter the digital age without requiring a fiber connection.
“This is expected to greatly support people working remotely during
this era of social distancing caused by the Covid 19 pandemic and will
boost South Africa’s transition to a digital economy. We congratulate
MTN on the successful upgrade of its network that enabled their
transition to the 5G era,” says Fan.
Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO of MTN South Africa, said, “The 5G
technology is also expected to contribute significantly to the
country’s economy and will play a role in the realisation of South
Africa’s digital transformation goals. An excellent 5G network will
enable us to provide more exciting services and to offer the ultimate
service experience to MTN customers.”
Distributed by Centre for African Journalists (CAJ) News) on behalf of Huawei.
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