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This is a report about the potential roll out and impact of 5G technology in Africa.


  • While most telecoms operators in Africa are still at the early stages of 4G rollout, infrastructure suppliers are the ones making most of 5G-related announcements and pushing for trials. Ovum expects 5G to be launched in four African countries – Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, and South Africa – by 2022.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about drivers and inhibitors of 4G and 5G technologies in Africa.
  • Learn about how infrastructure suppliers and network operators are preparing for 5G.

Key questions answered

  • When and where will 5G first go live in Africa?
  • Is Africa ready for 5G?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Africa 5G background and status

  • 4G deployment still at a very early stage
  • Vendors drive the 5G hype for now in Africa
  • African governments not proactive

Africa 5G Outlook

  • Southern Africa to lead the 5G race
  • Potential 5G usage in Africa


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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