MTN Zambia has announced the launch of its 5G network, claiming to be the first mobile operator in the Southern African country to offer 5G services commercially after undertaking trials over the past 11 months.
Speaking on the launch, MTN Chairman Mcebisi Jonas said, “The launch of this ultra-fast communication capacity serves as a clear indication of MTN’s commitment to being a major player in Zambia’s digital economy. We look forward to continuing to work together to meaningfully impact the growth and development of Zambia.”
MTN Zambia CEO Bart Hofker added that MTN’s 5G services had been activated to cover nearly 65 per cent of the population in Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola, and parts of Chingola, Solwezi and Kalumbila, which translates into 15 per cent of the population.
Hofker said, “We plan to reach 100 per cent 5G coverage in Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola by the middle of 2023 while gradually expanding the 5G network to other locations.”
MTN Zambia notes that customers need a 5G-enabled device to connect to the 5G network where it is available.
Ralph Mupita, Group President and CEO, added that MTN Zambia was the Group’s third operation in Africa (after Nigeria and South Africa), where 5G services were now commercially available.
Mupita said, “5G can transform business and livelihoods beyond simple connectivity, with the potential to unlock many new use cases.”
The telecom operator says the introduction of 5G is part of a broader network strategy, which also involves the optimisation and modernisation of existing 3G and 4G networks, the building of a fibre ring in Zambia with MTN GlobalConnect, as well as the extension of coverage in more rural areas.