Telma and Ericsson introduce 5G network in Madagascar

Telma Madagascar has rolled out Madagascar’s first 5G network, via the network infrastructure supplied by Swedish tech giant, Ericsson.

Telma introduced Madagascar’s first 5G consumer services using spectrum in the 3.6-3.7 GHz band, with the network going live on the 26th June 2020. 

By rolling out 5G on the island, Telma forms part of the few operators to have deployed 5G in Africa.

The CEO of Telma Madagascar, Patrick Pisal Hamida, expressed, “5G will transform how we use and adopt technology and will have a huge impact on businesses and society in Madagascar. It will bring high speed, ultra-low latency and highly secure connectivity to a massive number of devices and is a technology that will unlock a vast array of new use cases through Telma’s next-generation network. We are very proud to be among the first countries in the world to roll out this technology. It’s a new step ahead for Madagascar as one of the leading ICT countries in the Indian Ocean and Africa.”

The introduction of 5G services in Madagascar will be important in offering fixed wireless connectivity to millions of premises across the country and also improve the availability and reliability of enhanced mobile broadband services.

On the other hand, the President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, stated, “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in our long-standing partnership with Telma, as we launch the first 5G network in Madagascar. 5G will accelerate the digital transformation of all society sectors as well as industries in the country, enabling new opportunities and applications in areas such as healthcare, education, energy services and agriculture. We look forward to driving joint innovations with Telma, bringing our industry-leading technology in support of Madagascar’s connectivity vision and our commitment to Africa.”