5G to start operating in 2023 – MTN

The largest telecommunication network in Ghana, MTN, has made advanced strides in measures towards rolling out 5G by the year 2023.

Even though the company has not been able to make full coverage of its 4G spectrum in the country, it is optimistic to gain 98% coverage by the end of 2022.

It is currently in 73%  4G coverage in the country.

Addressing a cross-section of journalists present during its Editors’ Forum held for Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo journalists, the company revealed that it is modernising its infrastructure and working with regulators towards 5G.

It added that the new 5G technology will be in operation by 2023.

Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Selorm Adadevoh, who made the disclosure also noted that the company has taken this bold step towards 5G in order to take advantage of the digital space.


“Almost every 10 years, there is a new technology. 4G was launched in 2016 so ideally, 5G should be expected somewhere around 2026 but will have to be rollout around 2023 as COVID has accelerated digitalisation,” he stressed.

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Mr. Adadevoh announced that MTN Ghana over its 25 years of existence has invested over $6bn in infrastructure with the year 2021 seeing the highest investment in a year with over $200 million.

The CEO of MTN stated that the company has through its numerous applications, especially AYOBA, provided avenues for all manner of businesses to be hooked onto the digital space.

He emphasised that with a click on these apps especially on AYOBA, customers and the public can have access to many shops online or market spaces on the digital platforms as well as data services.

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