Airtel Mobile, a Nigerian mobile operator, announced the upcoming launch of its 5G mobile network in the country. With the promise of speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, ultra-low latency and increased network capacity, Airtel aims to revolutionize the ultra-broadband segment that has been dominated by MTN.

To enhance the quality of its 4G network and facilitate the launch of 5G, Airtel acquired additional frequencies from the Nigerian Communications Authority (NCC) for $316.7 million approximately six months ago. In May, the company also renewed its 3G license, extending its validity until 2032.

By introducing 5G, Airtel is poised to attract new customers and enhance its market share, fostering healthy competition in the Nigerian telecoms market.

The launch of Airtel's 5G network aligns with Nigeria's digital transformation goals and aims to accelerate broadband adoption, furthering the National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020–2025). The authorities anticipate achieving a broadband penetration rate of 90% by 2025, surpassing the initial target of 50% by the end of 2023.

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