Ethiopian state-owned Ethio-Telecom on Monday evening launched a pre-commercial trial of 5G services in the capital Addis Ababa in partnership with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
Ethiopia’s first 5G services, which have been launched on six mobile stations in Addis Ababa, are said to be part of the Ethiopian government’s digital transformation aspirations.
“We are thrilled and honored to launch the fifth generation advanced global network. We are committed to seeing a digital Ethiopia, which will improve the overall living conditions of our people,” Ethio-Telecom CEO Frehiwot Tamiru said at the launch event.
Tamiru said the 5G network service, characterized by the fastest speed and low latency and massive communication capacity that offers service up to 1 million connections in 1 square km, can unlock super fast speeds in more places, real-time responses and massive connectivity.
Tamiru noted that Ethio-Telecom will expand its pre-commercial trial service across the capital and regional cities, reaching up to 150 sites over the next 12 months.
With high speeds, superior reliability and negligible latency, 5G will impact industries such as critical services requiring real-time decisions, manufacturing plants, remote healthcare, precision agriculture , and will facilitate the Internet of Things (IoT), Tamiru said.
“This 5G service will provide our customers with best-in-class solutions, enhance their experience and enable our enterprise customers to increase productivity, improve operational efficiency and introduce new solutions to their customers,” Tamiru said. .
Ethio-Telecom, which is so far the only telecom service provider in Ethiopia, said the pre-commercial trial of 5G service was launched after a temporary approval of 5G spectrum by the Ethiopian Communications Authority while its strategic partner Huawei technologies was deploying the 5G network.
Hou Wei, vice president of Huawei North Africa, said that as a strategic partner of Ethio-Telecom, Huawei will continue to focus on cooperation with the Ethiopian public telecommunications service provider by providing state-of-the-art solutions. , reliable delivery, quick response and reliable maintenance.
“Huawei has been dedicated to this market for more than 20 years, and we have seen the rapid development and great evolution of the telecommunications industry in this country,” he said.
Ethio-Telecom said the full commercialization of 5G service depends on the readiness and demand of ecosystem players, which includes the readiness of customers to use the service as well as the availability of devices. and 5G-enabled smartphones.
The company, which is recognized as one of Africa’s oldest telecommunications service providers, has over 60.8 million subscribers, with approximately 25 million data and internet users.
As part of its ambition to provide a modern telecommunications service to its users, the company is partnering with Chinese technology companies, mainly Huawei and ZTE.
The company said it has already effectively expanded 3G and 4G networks across the East African country, achieving 97% telecom service coverage while densifying the network and upgrading technologies. earlier to later.