Ethio Telecom has officially launched the 5th generation (5G) mobile network technology in Ethiopia.
Ethio Telecom CEO Frehiwot Tamiru on her part said the new technology has a significant role to play in realizing “Digital Ethiopia”.
In particular, 5G mobile network technology has the potential to improve the lives of Ethiopians and create new jobs.
He said the development of the world’s mobile network technology has undergone many changes and improvements over the past 42 years, from the 1st generation to the 5th generation.
He said the new 5G mobile network technology will enable the world economy, expand the industry and modernize people’s daily lives.
He said it is “amazing” that it is a technology that allows 60% of the world’s mobile phone users to exchange information quickly.
He said the new 5G mobile network technology has been implemented in 70 countries around the world and 6 countries in Africa, including Ethiopia.
5G mobile network technology differs from previous generations in that it comes with 10GB of ultra-fast speeds and is able to transfer data in just 1 milliseconds.
He also said that the fact that he is able to connect machines within 1 km in cities and industries is another reason why he is admired.
5G technology is 20 times faster than previous 4th generation technology.
He said the benefits of the digital sector, especially in the areas of education, health, business and agriculture, are invaluable.
For example, in the health and agriculture sectors, drones are used to deliver medicines, to spray chemical crops, to search for minerals, and so on.
It is said that the use of robots in industries can facilitate the implementation of projects and increase production and productivity.
In Ethiopia, the new technology is now available at Unity Park, Friendship Park, Sheraton Addis, and Churchill Avenue.
He said about 150 5G sites will be launched in Addis Ababa and across the country in the next 12 months.
It is said that customers can use 5G mobile handsets and switch to 5G SIM card in areas with 5G network to access the service on their mobile phones.
According to Frehiwot, out of the total 76 million mobile subscribers of Ethio Telecom, 110,000 subscribers will use a 5G network.
Although Ethiopia launched its 4G network almost 10 years later than the rest of the world, it did use the 5G network within 2 years of the technology being implemented.
“Implementing new technologies quickly is important to keep pace with the rest of the world,” she said, adding that Ethio Telecom will continue to work hard to improve the quality of telecom services in the country.