Vodacom Tanzania has recently launched the country’s first ever 5G mobile Network.

According to the mobile operator, the new non-standalone 5G service offers customers faster speeds and lower latency, supporting the development of emerging technologies in the country, such as the Internet of Things.

Commenting on the milestone, Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub said, “Having been the first to launch 5G in Africa, this is an exciting milestone in Vodacom’s history as we continue to densify 5G services across the African market, bringing the continent closer to the global digital economy through the latest generation of mobile technology. Congratulations to the Tanzanian team for bringing us one step closer to an inclusive, digitised future for all Africans.”

Joosub indicated that Vodacom Tanzania will deploy various sites in Dar es Salaam to expand 5G technology to approximately 230 locations in the country, including Arusha, Mwanza, Dodoma, Iringa, Zanzibar, Kagera as well as Mbeya.

The network will offer speeds of up to 400 megabits-per-second (Mbps), with plans to offer more than 800Mbps in the coming months. Vodacom expects the network to achieve speeds of up to 1 Gigabit-per-second once the 5G spectrum is made fully available.

Speaking at the launch event, Hon. Nape Nnauye, Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Parliament of Tanzania, said: “I salute Vodacom for paving the way for digital transformation in Tanzania, and the government fully supports this breakthrough through its various sector ministries because we know technology has the power to transform lives and help the country achieve SDG targets in areas such as health, agriculture, energy, logistics and many more. I call on entrepreneurs, businesses, innovators, and ministries to tap into this 5G network and transform this nation. The government pledges its support to you.”

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