Kenya starts the process of rolling out 5G

Kenya plans to roll out 5G network on a pilot basis this year.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said a roadmap has been developed to guide the launch of the super-fast internet.

CA licensing, compliance and standards director Matano Ndaro said the plan outlines strategies on the launch of the 5G technology. 

“We are now set to hold a validation workshop in the next one month to discuss the comments received. Once we adopt the input from the stakeholders, we shall establish a national 5G forum and allocate pilot frequencies,” Ndaro said.

Data from the regulator shows that 3G/4G coverage now covers 96.3 percent of the country’s population and 56.3 percent of the Kenyan landmass. 

 Ndaro, who was speaking when wChinese smartphone maker Vivo launched its 5G-enabled device in the Kenyan market, revealed that Kenya will begin to authorise the first 5G pilot projects this year, after which it will release the necessary frequency bands before providing 5G commercial licences.

The director noted that Kenya’s telecom operators have started laying the 5G infrastructure across the country.
5G offers super-fast download and upload speeds, and the network is expected to provide massive opportunities for the economy. 

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