Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for broadband connectivity has grown. To meet this need carried by banks, large companies and part of its private segment, MTN Côte d’Ivoire has improved the capacities of its telecoms network.
The inhabitants of Abidjan have been accessing the 4.5G of the mobile telephone operator MTN for nearly a week. Mobile broadband technology was officially launched at a ceremony in Marcory, a town in the city.
According to the demonstrations carried out by the telecoms company, the 4.5G offers consumers more speed with a navigation speed of at least 200 Mb / s thus allowing to download 15 min of video in 7 seconds instead of 20 to 30 seconds with 4G.
Hyacinthe Séka, technical director of MTN Côte d’Ivoire, indicated that the wireless network which provides 4.5G is being deployed initially in the economic capital, where the demand for the Internet is greater. Its extension within the country will take place in 2021.
Djibril Ouattara, the director general of the telecoms company, said that the launch of the 4.5 G was financed thanks to part of the 40 billion FCFA invested by the company on its telecoms network during this year .
The boss of MTN Côte d’Ivoire did not hide the company’s ambition for very high speed. He said to this effect that ” innovation is not going to stop […] If the government launches 5G, we will be ready to buy it “.