in Zambia. It is the first mobile service provider in the Southern African country to do so.
Earlier this year, the telco tested the fifth-generation mobile network in some parts of the country for 11 months. This allowed some customers to enjoy the fast and unbeatable internet speed before it went commercial in November.
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Zambia, Bart Hofker, confirmed that “MTN’s 5G services had been turned on to cover about 65 percent of the population in the cities of Kitwe Ndols Lusaka and Kitwe, and in some regions in Kalumbiaa, Solwezi, and Chingola, ” This accounts for 15 percent of the population.
We plan to cover 100% of Lusaka, Kitwe, and Ndola with 5G by the middle of 2023 while slowly bringing 5G to other places,” he said.
MTN started doing business in Zambia in 2005. They said the 5G network pilot would bring much better technology to give Zambians faster connections, ultra-low latency, and more bandwidth. They also talked about how it could be used in industries like mining and manufacturing.
MTN Zambia is the group’s third business in Africa, following the successful commercial launches of 5G services in South Africa and Nigeria.
Zambia is the latest country in Africa to offer commercial 5G services. South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria are also on this list.