ZTE and MTN unveiling first 5G SA network in East Africa

ZTE and MTN Uganda have jointly launched the first 5G SA network in East Africa, demonstrating 5G use case at an event on the theme “Experience the Future Together”, which takes place in the garden of Nyonyi, Kampala, Uganda.

ZTE and MTN Uganda presented a high-speed 5G SA network in the bandwidth of the 60 MHz spectrum with an actual speed of more than 1.494 Gbps, which can support a variety of applications, such as Gigabit without fiber optics, Cloud XR, ultra-HD live streaming, automatic driving and remote surgery. It is the first 5G SA network in East Africa. Its deployment and operation adopt ZTE’s end-to-end 5G equipment, including Common Core, to achieve complete separation of the signaling plan and the data plan without relying on the existing LTE EPC core network. Additionally, the network can support typical 5G applications, including uRLLC and mMTC, through a smooth upgrade.

Supported by the SA 5G network, the demonstration also presented the real-time communication of a fixed wireless access network on site, a bionic robot, Cloud VR and other vertical industries, fully presenting the capacity of the 5G network as the foundation of a smart society as well as the commitment of ZTE and MTN to explore the development of 5G in Africa. In addition, ZTE also showcased its end-to-end 5G business solutions, including 5G Common Core, Beyond 100G Transmission, 5G Flexhaul, 5G New Radio and Big Video, as well as its 5G terminals, such as Axon 10 Pro 5G smartphones, indoor and outdoor 5G routers. “ZTE is keen to share new technologies with MTN,” said Bill Yi, vice president of ZTE. “We have constantly improved our 5G capabilities and have become a core provider of end-to-end solutions in the global ICT industry