ZTE launches the first 5G indoor router in South Africa


International telecoms brand ZTE has launched the first 5G indoor router in South Africa, in partnership with MTN. Which is fitting because MTN’s gone and rolled out 5G in parts of the country, with a much larger footprint planned in the coming months. ZTE’s hardware, the 5G Indoor Router MC801A, is the first that will allow you to share 5G speeds with the rest of the devices in your home.

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ZTE’s speedy 5G Indoor Router MC801A supports Wi-Fi 6 tech, allowing multiple users on the same 5G connection – which is handy because everyone’s going to want to stream at your house. The hardware independently hunts for better signals thanks to its Smart ANT smart antenna algorithm (that would only sound slightly better if it applied to an actual ant), and will allow at-home access to 5G in 5G- supported areas of the country – but you’ll of course need an MTN SIM and contract, which is why the partnership exists.

You don’t have to limit yourself to 5G – if you like the cylindrical (and iF Design award-winning) look of ZTE’s tech, you can get it working with 4G as well since it supports NSA and SA 5G networks as well as 4G (and 5G, obvs.) mainstream standards. But first prize is its 5G access capability, which suffers from less congestion, speeds up streamed video tremendously and is generally more stable to work with.

You want high speeds, low latency, broad coverage in the home, as well as speedier connections for IoT (internet of things) devices, as well as future-proofing your domicile for a time when slow internet connections are a distant memory? You’re going to want the ZTE 5G Indoor Router MC801A, available from MTN, sitting on your shelf.

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“ZTE is actively engaged in, and at the forefront of, 5G commercialization and we are market-ready with our end-to-end solutions,” said Bob Zhou, Managing Director of ZTE Corporation South Africa. “ZTE will provide consumers with a series of diversified 5G terminal devices, including the 5G Smartphone, 5G Indoor Router, 5G Outdoor Router, 5G Mobile Wi-Fi Router, 5G Ethernet Box and 5G Module. Our key objective is to empower the near-future connected life and accelerate digital transformation.”

As a pioneer in the 5G ecosystem, ZTE has collaborated with leading partners to accelerate the 5G terminal commercialization. To date ZTE has partnered, in the 5G terminal arena, with more than 20 carriers worldwide.

“We are confident that we have built a strong foundation to grow and support our 5G ecosystem. Partnering with ZTE on 5G devices is an integral part in delivering an exceptional experience for our customers. says MTN SA Chief Consumer Officer, Mapula Bodibe.

The ZTE 5G Router MC801A is now available in MTN stores. Starting from R599 per month, you can now stream up to 10 times faster than 4G and fibre networks.


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