5G network launched in Kenya


Safaricom has launched a 5G network in Kenya, making it the second country in Africa to use the technology. The company started the rollout in four towns, and expects to expand it to nine towns  over next year.


Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa described the launch last week as “a great achievement for the country.”


MTN and Vodacom launched 5G in South Africa last year. Five other countries—Gabon, Lesotho, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt and Morocco—are conducting “internal” trials for 5G which aren’t yet available for public use according to msn.


While the new development makes Kenyans early adopters of 5G in Africa, questions remain over investor and market readiness for mass use of the technology across the continent. As a result, widespread adoption of 5G in the region, while a promising prospect, may be far-off.

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