The Chief Commercial Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, revealed that the 5G service will initially be available in four states: Lagos, Ogun, Abuja, and Rivers and with time move to other cities across the country.
This launch comes amidst the race towards 5G network deployment in Nigeria, with Airtel joining the ranks of MTN and Mafab Communications, who had previously launched their own 5G networks.
In January 2023, Airtel Nigeria acquired a 5G spectrum, as well as an additional spectrum for its 4G network, for a total sum of $316.7 million from the Nigeria Communication Commission.
Airtel Nigeria plans to deploy its 5G offering by utilizing the 3.5GHz spectrum, which will provide faster speeds and lower latency, ultimately enhancing the user experience. Additionally, the 2600MHz spectrum will be leveraged to boost the network’s capacity.
5G technology marks the fifth generation in mobile network technology, following the progression from 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.