- A recent explanation by Safaricom CEO, Peter Ndegwa, gave insight into why African telcos have been slow/reluctant to roll out 5G network.
- According to Ndegwa, the high cost of 5G-compliant phones has been a major impediment.
- He added that it does not make economic sense to launch 5G network on a commercial scale when there are not enough mobile devices capable of receiving it.
Whereas telecom operators around the world have long rolled out 5G network since 2019, deployment of the fifth generation network across Africa has been very slow. As a matter of fact, only 6 African countries have so far launched the network, according to checks by Business Insider Africa. And even at that, most of these launches are not even commercial in scope.