Local media reported that the launch happened Monday May 9, following deployment of the service by China-based Huawei Technologies Co. The challenge price Ethiopia a whooping $40 million.
For now, the 5G community service will solely be out there at designated hotspots throughout Addis Ababa, together with Bole International Airport and Ethio Telecom’s headquarters.
Business Insider Africa understands that enlargement to different elements of the nation would occur in the approaching months. Ethio Telecom’s Chief Executive Officer, Frehiwot Tamru, was quoted by The East African to have mentioned this:
With the launch, Ethiopia has turn into one of a handful of African international locations which have beforehand launched their 5G community. These international locations are: South Africa, Seychelles, Botswana, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.
In the meantime, the adoption price for 5G community throughout Africa stays low. This is even though telecoms operators in different elements of the world have been deploying the fifth-generation expertise customary for broadband mobile community since 2019.
As a matter of truth, 5G community penetration in Africa is so abysmally low such that ICT specialists have projected that in the subsequent 4-5 years, solely about 20 million Africans would have subscribed to it.