Togocel secures approval to test 5G

Monday, 23 November 2020 16:00
Togocel secures approval to test 5G

(Togo First) - Togocel has obtained the authorities’ approval to test the 5G. The firm, the country’s leading mobile operator, is thus the first to get this green light and should proceed to initial tests next year. 

This aligns with Togo’s desire to modernize and democratize access to the internet and become a reference in the region, in terms of digital technologies, within the next five years. 

Driven by 3G and 4G, the penetration rate of the internet (landline and mobile) soared from 49.5% in 2018 to 61.7% in 2019. This was notably due to an increase in the penetration rate of broadband (mobile and landline), from 34.26% in 2018 to 43.96% in 2019.   

The obtention by Togocel of a pre-license for 5G validates the development program of Agou Holding (majority shareholder) which announced when taking over Togocom group an investment plan valued at nearly €245 million to be implemented over seven years. 

It should be noted that in Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, and Senegal have already launched their pilot phase for 5G. Before them, Vodacom in Lesotho was the first to launch the technology in 2018. 

Junior Atiglo-Gbenou

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