New statistics from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has revealed that Nigeria and some 17 countries in Africa are already testing 5G capability on the continent.
Information gathered by Connecting Africa shows that, in early February 2020, “there are 24 operators in 18 African countries that are evaluating/testing/trialing/deploying 5G” and of those operators, eight “have deployed 5G into pre-commercial or commercial networks”.
Though the organisation would not name the countries or operators specifically information has it that at least three operators in South Africa have deployed pre-commercial or commercial networks.
MTN has tested 5G in Nigeria and Uganda; Safaricom has trialed the technology in Kenya and Gabon Telecom has tested it in Gabon.
Overall, the GSA’s snapshot report says that 61 countries or territories globally now have live 5G commercial networks.
As of the end of January 2021, the GSA recorded 144 commercial 5G networks worldwide with more to come.