5 fast facts about MTN 5G in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has turned on its 5G spectrum in select locations across the country.

“2G brought us SMS and picture messaging,” MTN CFO Modupe Kadiri said in a post. “3G was about mobile internet access. 4G made streaming and sharing a part of everyday life. 5G delivers the future and it’s here – higher internet speeds, downloads without delay, near-instant connection when streaming, using apps, loading websites, playing games, or connecting to smart home devices.

“So today we started another phase in our journey to Brighten the lives of our esteemed subscribers. Yes, today we turned on the 5G spectrum and kicked off our 5G pilot. 20,000 customers with enabled devices can now try out our next-generation network where coverage is available. So seeing 5G on your phone? It means you’re part of the pilot. Welcome to the wonder of 5G!”

So, what exactly is this 5G internet connection and how will it work in Nigeria? Here are some facts about MTN 5G, how to get it and how much it costs;

What is MTN 5G internet connection?

5G simply stands for the 5th generation of internet connection with regards to speed. When MTN first rolled out its services in the early 2000s, it only offered 2G that enabled users to open web pages and send pictures using MMS. The mid 2000s saw the arrival of more sophisticated gadgets like the Blackberry and other smartphones that allowed video streaming and video calls powered by faster 3G connection. 4G enhanced the streaming and video call experience by providing a much faster internet connection. Now, MTN promises that its 5G internet will be 10times faster than the connection on its 4G, further enhancing the streaming and video call experience.

Who need MTN 5G internet in Nigeria?

If all you use the internet for is to stream videos on social media and make video calls, then the existing 4G should be enough for you. 5G is more suited to data-intensive activities like Artificial Intelligence AI – self-driving cars, drone operators, online gamers and remote workers. Because of the super-fast connection, 5G will consume more data compared to 4G, MTN already recommends 100GB of data on activation.

How do I get the MTN 5G?

Existing MTN customers who have 5G enabled phones will have access to this internet speed when they are in a location where it is available. MTN also sells special 5G routers which can be pre-ordered for #50,000 on their website. Be sure to check coverage areas to see if 5G is available in your location as the service is not yet available nationwide. The device comes with a free 100GB data bonus and up to 32 different devices can be connected to the router.

Do I need a new MTN 5G sim or to upgrade my sim card?

No, you don’t need a new sim card or to upgrade your existing sim. Once you are in an area under the 5G coverage, your phone or device will automatically connect to the MTN 5G network. The mobile rollout is happening is stages, Tecno, Xiomi, Samsung and other Android devices already have access in areas under coverage. Apple devices will soon follow. Other MTN customers who do not have 5G enabled devices can simply purchase the special MTN 5G router to get the same advantages.

Are there unlimited MTN 5G data plans?

No, MTN does not have unlimited data plans for those using 5G. The company however promises to roll out special 5G plans and bonuses in the future. Customers will have to rely on existing data plans and set limits based on their lifestyles. Because 5G is super-fast, customers can expect their devices to consume more data than they used to when using 4G.

5G is the future of the internet that provides superfast connections at speeds more than 10 times that of 4G. We won’t recommend 5G for everyday streaming due to costs, but for those working in AI, online gaming, remote workers, 5G is the future.

In what locations in MTN 5G coverage available in Nigeria?

Below is the MTN 5G coverage map of lists of locations where the service is available in Nigeria. This map will be updated as the service is made available in more locations.


Anambra State:
Anambra – Nnamdi Azikwe University
Anambra – Ifite Awka
Anambra – Anambra State Secretariat
Anambra – Okpuno Awka
Anambra – Osonwa, Awka
Anambra – Obunagu
Borno State:
Borno – New Gra Maiduguri
Borno – Old Gra Maiduguri
Borno – Unimaid Jere
Delta State:
Delta – Warri Airport Okpe
Delta – Okuokoko
Edo State
Edo – Ogbe, Oredo
Edo – Olukwu
Edo – Ugbowo
Edo – University of Benin
Edo – Ekosodin
Edo – Umagbae North
Federal Capital Territory –  FCT, Abuja
FCT – Abuja Airport Rd
FCT – Apo
Asokoro Extension
FCT – Asokoro Municipal Area Council
FCT – Cbd Phase 1 Abuja
FCT – Dawaki Abuja
FCT – Durumi
FCT – Fha Abuja
FCT – Galadima Gwaripa
FCT – Garki 2
FCT – Garki Area 1
FCT – Garki Area 11
FCT – Garki Area 3
FCT – Garki Area 8
FCT – Gidan Boyi
FCT – Gudu Municipal Area Council
FCT – Gwarinpa Hosuing Estate
FCT – Idu Industrial District
FCT – Jabi
FCT – Kado
FCT – Katambe
FCT – Kaura Municipal Area Council
FCT – Kubwa
FCT – Life Camp Abuja
FCT – Lokogoma
FCT – Lugbe Zone 1
FCT – Mabushi
FCT – Maitama
FCT – Maitama Extension
FCT – Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport
FCT – Three Arms Zone
FCT – Utako
FCT – Works And Housing Abuja
FCT – Wuse 1 Zone 1
FCT – Wuse 1 Zone 2
FCT – Wuse 1 Zone 3
FCT – Wuse 1 Zone 4
FCT – Wuse 1 Zone 5
FCT – Wuse 1 Zone 6
FCT – Wuse 2A
FCT – Wuse 2B
FCT – Wuye
Imo State:
Imo – Emmanuel College Owerri
Imo – Nekede Garden Estate
Imo – Owerri Town
Imo – Wetheral Rd Owerri
Kano State:
Kano – Badawa
Kano – Bayero University
Kano – Caterpillar Kano
Kano – Emirs Palace Kano
Kano – Fagge Secretariat
Kano – Gwale
Kano – Rijiyar Zaki
Lagos State:
Lagos – 1004
Lagos – Abijoh Village
Lagos – Abraham Adesanya
Lagos – Abule-Oja
Lagos – Adeniji Adele
Lagos – Adeola Odeku
Lagos – Adetokunbo Ademola
Lagos – Aguda
Lagos – Agungi
Lagos – Ajah
Lagos – Ajao Estate
Lagos – Ajose Adeogun
Lagos – Akin Adesola
Lagos – Alagomeji
Lagos – Alausa
Lagos – Alfred Rewane
Lagos – Anifowoshe
Lagos – Awolowo Rd
Lagos – Badore
Lagos – Balogun
Lagos – Banana Island
Lagos – Barracks Surulere
Lagos – Bode Thomas
Lagos – Bourdillon
Lagos – Carlton Gate Estate
Lagos – Chevron Lagos
Lagos – Chevy Estate
Lagos – Computer Village Lagos
Lagos – Dolphin Estate
Lagos – Ebute-Metta
Lagos – Eric Moore
Lagos – Femi Okunnu Estate
Lagos – Glover Rd Ikoyi
Lagos – Graceland Estate
Lagos – Idi-Oro Lagos
Lagos – Igbosere
Lagos – Ikate Elegushi
Lagos – Ikeja Gra
Lagos – Ikota Villa
Lagos – Ikoyi Lagos
Lagos – Ilupeju Ikeja
Lagos – Ilupeju Mushin
Lagos – Itire Mushin
Lagos – Jakande Estate Lekki
Lagos – Langbasa
Lagos – Lekki County Homes
Lagos – Lekki Phase 1
Lagos – Lekki Scheme 2
Lagos – Light House Estate
Lagos – Magboro
Lagos – Marina
Lagos – Maroko
Lagos – Mma 1
Lagos – Mma 2
Lagos – Mushin
Lagos – Nicon Estate
Lagos – Northern Foreshore Estate
Lagos – Obalende
Lagos – Obalende Eti-Osa
Lagos – Ogombo
Lagos – Oke Ira Nla
Lagos – Onikan
Lagos – Onike
Lagos – Oniru Estate
Lagos – Onitiri
Lagos – Opebi
Lagos – Osapa London
Lagos – Osborne
Lagos – Palm Spring Estate
Lagos – Palmgrove
Lagos – Palms Shopping Mall
Lagos – Parkview Estate
Lagos – Pinnock Beach Estate
Lagos – Sabo-Yaba
Lagos – Saka Tinubu
Lagos – Sangotedo
Lagos – University Of Lagos
Lagos – Victoria Garden City
Lagos – Victory Estate
Lagos – Yaba Lagos
Lagos – Yabatech
Rivers State:
Rivers – Ada George Road Axis
Rivers – Agip Ph
Rivers – Artillery Port-Harcourt
Rivers – Choba Town
Rivers – D Line
Rivers – Diobu Mile 1
Rivers – Diobu Mile 3
Rivers – Elekahia
Rivers – Elelenwo
Rivers – Gra Phase 2
Rivers – Mgbuoba
Rivers – Mgbuosimini
Rivers – NTA PH
Rivers – Ohiamini
Rivers – Old Aba Road Ph
Rivers – Old Gra Ph
Rivers – Old Township Ph
Rivers – Oroworoko
Rivers – Port Harcourt Rural
Rivers – Rumudara
Rivers – Rumueme
Rivers – Rumuepirikom
Rivers – Rumuogba
Rivers – Rumuola
Rivers – Rumuomasi
Rivers – Shell Industrial Area
Rivers – Shell Ra
Rivers – Trans Amadi
Rivers – University Of Port-Harcourt
Rivers – Woji Ph
Oyo State
Oyo – Agodi
Oyo – Challenge Oyo
Oyo – Dugbe
Oyo – Iyaganku Ibadan North-West
Oyo – New Bodija
Oyo – Nist Samonda
Oyo – Old Bodija
Oyo – Oluyole
Oyo – Samonda
Oyo – The Polytechnic Ibadan North Campus
Oyo – The Polytechnic Ibadan South Campus
Oyo – Trans Amusement Park
Oyo – University Of Ibadan
Oyo – University Of Ibadan

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