The battle lines for 5G dominance have been drawn in South Africa. Last week, the country’s second biggest mobile network operator MTN announced that it was building private 5G networks for big companies in the mining and port industries.
MTN will be joining Liquid Telecoms in the race to dominate the enterprise 5G market. The company’s CEO Deon Geyser announced in May that it will be building enterprise 5G networks to enable automation in industries such as manufacturing and mining.
In the consumer market, Rain, Vodacom, MTN and soon Cell C are already doing battle. Fuelled by the spectrum they acquired in the ICASA auction in March, South African telcos look set to clash for 5G dominance, both in the consumer and enterprise markets.
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