Gambian telecoms operator Africell Gambia launched its fifth generation (5G) mobile network last week. Ultra broadband is currently available in Banjul, Fajara, Kairaba Avenue, Senegambia and Brusubi. The company is counting on the experience of its parent company Africell Group to gradually expand the latest generation of mobile technology across the country.

Africell becomes the second Gambian telecom operator to launch 5G after QCell in June 2023. Although the focus is on 5G, Africell wants to continue investments to improve the quality and coverage of its 3G and 4G networks.

The commercial launch of 5G should notably enable Africell to meet the needs of its customers in terms of high-speed connectivity. This should also allow it to attract new subscribers and strengthen its position on the national telecoms market. The company has a market share of 63%, according to the latest available statistics from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). The rest of the market is shared between QCell, Comium and Gamcel.

5G is also expected to enable Africell to increase revenues and support the Gambian government’s digital transformation ambitions. Ultra-high speed should notably facilitate the use of smart homes and buildings; smart cities; e-learning, e-government, 3D video, telemedicine, virtual reality and augmented reality, streaming, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT).

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