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MTN launches 5G network in Nigeria: still one of the first in Africa

The Nigerian subsidiary of South African telecommunications company MTN has launched a 5G network in the country's (and the continent's) largest city, Lagos. Plans are on the horizon to launch a 5G network in six more states. The company is targeting full nationwide 5G coverage by 2025.

Ethio Telecom launched 5G in Ethiopia in May 2022, but the network is only available in certain locations in Addis Ababa. It plans to expand the network to Addis Ababa and other major cities in the country in 2023.

South Africa in 2020 became the first country on the continent to introduce commercial use of 5G technology. Other countries in Africa that have launched and supported 5G include Kenya, Seychelles, Togo, Mauritius, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Countries that have announced the start of testing or trial launch of 5G technology include Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Madagascar, Lesotho, Gabon, Egypt and others. Some of these countries are scheduled to launch 5G commercially as early as 2023.