According to a report, Uganda is a strong candidate to be the first country in Africa where 5G technology will be rolled out. The Chinese telecommunications equipment giant partnered with local carrier MTN to carry out the first 5G network trial in Uganda. It represents the first 5G test run in the country. Moreover, it is one of the first, if not the first, 5G tests in the African continent. For that reason, MTN can be called the 5G pioneer in East Africa.
The trial was carried out on Friday with Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakan Rugunda in attendance. The official states that the government is supporting the development of new technology. It will solve people’s challenges and make life easier and more affordable. According to the report, he has expressed optimism and believes that 5G will have a strong impact on the economic development of the country.
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According to the head of the country’s communications commission, the carrier is working to ensure the development of an appropriate 5G infrastructure. Uganda is the third country in Africa to have 5G technology after South Africa and Nigeria. Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive officer MTN Uganda, stated that 5G technology will have increased speeds and capacity. The performance is comparable to fiber optic cable experience, but then you have a wireless seamless experience. The advent of 5G will bring benefits for many segments other than just the telecoms. For instance, it will allow further advancements in telemedicine due to real-time connections.
ZTE aims to be one of the pioneers of 5G development in Africa
Yi Yahua, the Vice-President of ZTE Corporation in Southern Africa, states that ZTE is fully supportive of MTN Uganda. The company will keep pushing modern mobile technologies to serve the country’s demands. The Chinese company wants to be one of the most important firms in the advent of 5G for Africa.