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Here is why Airtel, Glo and 9mobile must buckle up as MTN NG initiates 5G network in Nigeria

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After its South Africa 5G network trial, telco player, MTN Nigeria, on Monday conducted a trial in Abuja to examine possibilities and get real time insights into the market.

Nigeria, courtesy of this initiative, becomes the first country in West Africa to do so. While MTN NG is leading the race into the 5G venture, Airtel and Glo might have to gear up to stay current, compete favourably, and meet needs of the people.

Because the Nigerian market, like other volatile markets such as the U.S., China and Japan, can be very choosy when it comes to paying for products and services; Airtel, Glo and other network service providers must roll up sleeves in order not to lose out in the game.

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While 5G network connectivity will improve speed and security, the end result will boost productivity and enhance business culture in Africa’s most populous nation. Other network providers must act fast because, with this new development, business owners will find it only reasonable to use a service with optimal benefits.

However, if MTN remains the only player offering 5G coverage, soon, it would become the most preferred, considering how human psychology is wired. And, in the event that others later come on board, subscribers might be reluctant to make a switch.

If this, unfortunately, happens, other network providers might have to remain as voice call/sms networks while MTN enjoys and thrives both in the voice call and internet space. For the time being, as market analysts and reviewers, we can only look forward to events ahead as this MTN’s push might stir up a new war among its competitors.

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