Ethio Telecom to Start 5G Trials

Ethio Telecom, Ethiopia’s National Telecom has announced plans to start 5G network trials for the first time in the country. The company is implementing the project using technology from the Chinese technology giant, Huawei.

5G is set to be introduced to deal with the high volume of data transmission in dense urban networks in the country and will be upgraded to the existing 4G infrastructure which will help in user demand whilst solving data traffic.

The network is said to be applied on hotspot areas in Addis Ababa, including the areas around the head office of Ethio telecom and premises of Bole international Airport.

The new development will make Ethiopia early adopters of 5G in Africa. In Africa, 5G networks are only available in Kenya and South Africa.

The Global Partnership for Ethiopia Consortium (GPEC), led by Kenya’s Safaricom, which was officially granted the first private telecommunication operator’s few months ago, also plans to begin operation with 4G network services and quickly introduce 5G. Having acquired a 15-year telecom operation license for $850 million, the operator is scheduled to start in early 2022.

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