According to a recent report issued by the US-based broadband analytics company, South Africa is the clear leader with the deployment of 5G networks infrastructure in Africa. The reporting company Ookla also mentioned that the leading company driving the 5G implementation is MTN.
Ookla says it has reached the determination of South Africa as the clear leader based on the results of several tests that it has conducted. For example, one of the tests looked at the performances of modern mobile chipsets across nine selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. And based on that test, Mr Sylwia Kechiche, the principal industry analyst for enterprise at Ookla, said the results showed, for example, a median download speed of 11.11Mbps in Tanzania vs 48.76Mbps in South Africa. In addition, upload median speeds in Tanzania was 6.45Mbps as against 12.58Mbps in South Africa.
Ookla said that once it has aggregated the broadband speeds across countries in the five African regions, the speed test intelligence with mobile broadband speed not only indicated a wide variances within country to country in Africa but also highlighted the leadership that has been achieved by South Africa.
It will be recalled that In March 2022, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the body that regulates the telecommunications industry finalised the sales of its 5G spectrum in 700MHz, 800MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz bands. Out of this exercise, Vodacom and Rain acquired the low-band frequency 700MHz band spectrum assets, while MTN and Telkom got the 800MHz spectrum assets.