Togo launches West Africa’s 1st commercial 5G network
London, Dec. 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Togo telecom, TOGOCOM has activated its 5G commercial network to offer its customers Very High Speed services thanks to the new generation of mobile connectivity. Powered by NOKIA, the 5G network is now operational in Lomé.
The 5G deployment makes Togo the 1st country in West Africa and the 3rd African country to deploy this technology.
The three year deal with Nokia which also sees legacy 2G, 3G and 4G networks enhanced and strengthen Togocom’s market-leading position in Togo and future-proof its infrastructure for the next-generation of digital services for Togolese citizens.
The deal sees Nokia provide equipment from its comprehensive AirScale portfolio, including AirScale Base Stations, AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solutions that enables Togocom to deliver market-leading 5G experiences to subscribers with ultra-low latency, connectivity and capacity.
With greater capacity, higher data transmission rates, up to 100 times faster than 4G and extremely low latency, 5G will provide a new experience for TOGOCOM’s corporate customers, and ultimately new offerings. and services for all its customers.
This new generation of mobile connectivity will help to redesign the Togolese technological and entrepreneurial landscape.
TOGOCOM’s 5G will also accelerate digital development and digital transformation to support Togo’s economic growth and better access for each Togolese to education (distance virtual courses, interactive learning) and health (consultation in line, robotic surgery among many others
The commitment for 5G network by Togo was made 1 year ago on November 6, 2019, to make Togo the digital hub of the sub-region to meet the objectives of the National Development Plan (PND) on the economic and social aspects and to bring all Togolese innovative solutions for better access to education, health and public services throughout the national territory.
Mrs. Cina LAWSON, Minister of the Digital Economy and Digital Transformation , declares: “ 5G will facilitate innovative uses by allowing the emergence of new services that meet the needs of various sectors of the economy (energy, health, industry, transport, etc.).
In addition, the Government’s goal is for mobile coverage to benefit all Togolese. It is therefore important to ensure that the deployment of this technology is not limited to large cities alone, but that it contributes to improving the quality of coverage so that all localities in Togo can benefit from 5G services. ”