ADDIS ABABA – Ethio Telecom, state-owned mobile network operator, has launched a pre-commercial 5G network in Ethiopia today.
“We are pleased to announce the launching of our pre- commercial 5G services in Addis Ababa in six mobile stations,” said the telecom firm.
The telecom firm expanded the 3G and 4G networks throughout the nation, achieving 97% telecom services coverage.
The launch of the 5G network, the firm says, is part of its effort to enhance and modernize the telecom services in the country.
“As part of the pre-commercial trial service, we have begun our service in the Capital and will expand our footprint to regional cities up to 150 sites over the coming 12 months,” it added.
However, the full commercialization of the service would depend “on the readiness and demand from the players in the ecosystem”, its officials said.
It would look into the customers’ readiness to use the service, availability of 5G enabled devices and Smartphones, the need and readiness of enterprises to use the service.
“This 5G service will provide our customers with best-in-class solutions, improve their experience and allow our enterprise customers to boost productivity, enhance operational efficiency, and introduce new solutions to their customers,” said the telco.
The Ethiopian Communication Authority granted Ethio telecom with temporary 5G Spectrum approval to implement the pre-commercial trial of the service.
Fifth generation standard
5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks.
It offers data speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G and lower latency, and also supports up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometer, compared to up to 100,000 for 4G.
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