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Gabon And Congo Commence With 5G Testing

Gabon Telecom, a subsidiary of the Maroc Telecom Group, has officially started its 5G testing in Gabon, while the Republic of Congo is scheduled to commence its 5G trial in December 2019.

Gabon Telecom's 5G trials kicked off in Libreville on 22 November 2019 and are happening at three sites: the interministerial building of Battery IV, La Sablière and Boulevard Triomphal.

The test is scheduled to carry on for six months but could be extended to a full year.

Abderrahim Koumaa, Gabon Telecom's Director-General, said that the 5G experiment would allow Gabon Telecom to evaluate the interest of 5G for innovative applications in the covered sites and to learn valuable lessons for its development future.

According to Koumaa, 5G is an entirely new ecosystem that will require an overhaul of telecoms services and resources.

In the DRC, the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Léon Juste Ibombo, revealed that the trial phase of 5G in the Congo would begin on 24 December 2019.

He said the nation is receiving a lot of support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Ibombo added that for the government, the 5G tests would accelerate the development of applications necessary for e-administration in domains such as the e-tax, e-visa, e-customs, e-health and e-justice.

As more and more telcos across Africa test 5G, experts have warned that the experimentation of 5G does not mean that the countries are ready to deploy 5G - noting that technical conditions must first be met and adequate frequencies should be made available.


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