The Free Senegal Innovation Xperience (FIX), Ericsson and 4G+ Network Free in Senegal are collaborating to demonstrate 5G readiness in Senegal.
According to the organisations, the demonstration has stressed the role of connectivity and cellular technology in advancing digital transformation for consumers and industries across the country.
“The Music Connect demo demonstrated how 5G can provide enriching experiences across distances by allowing artists across various locations to play together in harmony. The Connected Vehicles and Connected Healthcare demos focus on 5 G’s ability to improve people’s livelihood, decrease road hazards, and administrate remote diagnosis through real-time interaction. With FWA being the most efficient and scalable alternative to wired connections. Ericsson and Free in Senegal also showed how its high reliability and high capacity could provide optimal network performance for smart homes,” they mentioned.
The companies indicated that the partnership is part of an ongoing network transformation collaboration which has seen both parties working together to launch 4G services and 5G Non-standalone (NSA) sites across Dakar.
In 2021, Ericsson and Free in Senegal launched five 5G NSA trial sites across Dakar, and twenty 5G NSA trial sites are currently being installed.
Speaking on the partnership, CEO of Free in Senegal, Mamadou Mbengue, said, “Mobile technology has had an increasing role in driving digitalisation across Senegal and working with Ericsson and following the frequency allocation, we were able to show the potential of 5G in transforming industries. Furthermore, with the nation’s Digital Senegal Strategy 2025, which aims to make Senegal a digital transformation hub, we are confident that our partnership with Ericsson will bring us closer to that realisation.”
“We are delighted to work with Free Senegal and showcase the enriching and transformative capabilities 5G holds for industries across the country. Mobile technologies are driving Senegal towards the digital age, and through our 5G solutions, we want to help the nation create an inclusive digital economy to excel in the digital era. We remain committed to supporting Free in Senegal in modernising and enhancing the nation’s digital infrastructure to meet growing demands,” commented Nora Wahby, VP and head of customer unit West Africa & Morocco Ericsson.