Ethio Telecom officially launched its commercial 5G services in Addis Ababa in September 2023. Until then, the capital and Adama are the only two Ethiopian cities to benefit from ultra-high speed.
The historic Ethiopian telecommunications operator Ethio Telecom announced on Tuesday, November 28, that it had launched its fifth generation (5G) mobile services in Jigjiga, in the Eastern region. It is the third city in the country to benefit from the company’s ultra-broadband services after the capital Addis Ababa and Adama.
Ethio Telecom’s 5G network is currently available in certain specific areas. Available 5G deals include unlimited data plans, a variety of mobile plans as well as 5G at home. However, subscribers must have mobile devices and handsets compatible with the technology to use it.
It was in September 2023 that Ethio Telecom officially launched 5G in Addis Ababa, about a year after launching a pre-commercial phase in the capital and Adama. The public company had benefited from the technical expertise of the Chinese Huawei and the support of the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) which had granted it temporary authorization for the use of the appropriate spectrum.
Ethio Telecom believes that “ 5G will have a significant impact on industries such as critical services requiring real-time decisions, manufacturing plants, remote healthcare, precision agriculture, self-driving vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT), and real-time operations, making them a reality .”
The expansion of the 5G network should also enable the incumbent operator to bring the latest generation of mobile technology to millions more people and meet their demand for high-speed connectivity. This will also allow the company to strengthen its leading position in the Ethiopian telecoms market where it claims 73.1 million mobile subscribers, according to its own statistics. Its competitor Safaricom Ethiopia has 5 million.