Mobile operator Orange Mali has launched a 5G pilot in Mali’s capital Bamako, inviting subscribers to be the first to test the new network.
According to local media reports, this pilot phase has been approved by the Malian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Information and Communication Technologies, and Posts (AMRTP). This represents the latest development in the operator’s mobile strategy, following the introduction of 4G+ services in 2019.
The CEO of Orange Mali, Brelotte BA, said, “The 5th generation of mobile or 5G technology will allow us to respond to the explosion in mobile traffic as well as to the growing demand for our customers’ needs in terms of quality of connectivity. Ten times faster than 4G, 5G makes it possible to do even better. It is an infrastructure that will revolutionize the use of digital technology in Mali. In addition to facilitating school education and online work, it enables the growth of mobile network traffic and remote surgeries using a robot. It is a real technological revolution which the country now has.”
Orange is testing 5G in Mali seven months after doing it in Senegal.