MTN Zambia has launched its 5G network in Zambia, becoming the first mobile operator in Zambia to offer 5G services commercially.
The 5G launch took place at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre. Guests in attendance included the President of the Republic of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema as well as MTN Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas, Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita, and Southern and East Africa Vice President Yolanda Cuba.
“The launch of this ultra-fast communication capacity serves as a clear indication of MTN’s commitment to being a major player in Zambia’s digital economy,” said Jonas.
“We look forward to continuing to work together to meaningfully impact the growth and development of Zambia.”
Mupita said MTN Zambia was the Group’s third operation in Africa (after Nigeria and South Africa) where 5G services were now commercially available. “5G can transform business and livelihoods beyond simple connectivity, with the potential to unlock many new use cases,” he said. “In Zambia, we see great opportunities across many sectors, and in the mining industry in particular.”
MTN Zambia CEO Bart Hofker said MTN’s 5G services had been activated to cover about 65% of the population in the cities of Lusaka, Kitwe, and Ndola as well as parts of Chingola, Solwezi, and Kalumbila.
This translates into about 15% of the population. “We plan to reach 100% 5G coverage in Lusaka, Kitwe and Ndola by the middle of 2023, while gradually expanding the 5G network to other locations,” he said, adding that MTN Zambia customers need a 5G-enabled device to connect to the 5G network where it is available.