Companies launch first east African commercial 5G service

Nokia has collaborated with African telecoms company Safaricom to provide the first 5G commercial services in Kenya.

The first such service in east Africa will use 5G Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) technology and 5G FastMile gateways to enable ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services to subscribers across Kisumu and the western province of the country.

Nokia president Pekka Lundmark said the company is committed to working with Safaricom to “transform the communications landscape in the country”.

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The companies have suggested that the move into 5G technology will enable further developments into virtual reality and artificial intelligence as well as supporting east African enterprises within the energy healthcare, education, transport and entertainment sectors.

The new network will utilise Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radio to improve spectral efficiency and throughput capacity enhancing the return on Safaricom’s RAN technology.

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