Ericsson and MTN will start a 5G trial in South Africa during the first quarter of 2018.
The companies signed a memorandum of understanding at AfricaCom 2017 to collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa.
MTN will trial a range of 5G use cases and applications as a proof-of-concept for South Africa in its laboratory, which will lead to commercial deployment in the future.
The companies said they will collaborate to identify 5G use cases in industries such as mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, and utilities.
“5G gives us the opportunity to rethink our business and address previously-untapped value chains,” said Giovanni Chiarelli, CTIO at MTN South Africa.