Commercial 5G services are now available in every region of the world, making it a truly global technology. Today, nearly 220 operators in 75 markets around the world have launched commercial 5G services. By the end of this year, 5G connections will account for over a tenth of total mobile connections globally, while 5G networks will cover more than a quarter of the world’s population.
In Africa, the journey to 5G has begun but it is still early stages for network deployment and commercialisation. Currently, there are less than 10 commercial 5G networks in the region, but this will change in the coming years as stakeholders take steps to accelerate the transition to 5G and use the technology to tackle society’s biggest challenges; governments and operators in more than 40 countries across Africa expect commercial 5G to available in their markets by 2025.
The 5G summit at MWC Africa will bring together leaders and professionals from government, the mobile industry, and adjacent sectors to share their vision and expectations for the 5G era, and make bold commitments towards the realisation of the 5G potential in Africa. Deliberations will be anchored on the findings and recommendations of the GSMA-ITU study on the outlook and opportunities for 5G in Africa, which will be launched at the event.