Cabo Verdean regulator awards commercial 4G licences, flags 5G pilot scheme

25 Sep 2019

Cabo Verde’s Multisectorial Regulatory Agency of the Economy (Agencia Reguladora Multissectorial da Economia, ARME) has officially awarded commercial 4G LTE mobile licences to incumbent cellcos CV Movel and Unitel T+ following three months of network trials which began in June on the island of Sal. The regulator announced on its website that work has been completed on the ‘reorganisation of the radio spectrum’ and all conditions have been satisfied for handing over the spectrum rights of usage, enabling operators to ‘immediately’ begin making commercial 4G services available.

Furthermore, ARME’s chairman Isaias Barreto declared that Cabo Verde will conduct a 5G technology ‘pilot experiment’ in partnership with Huawei. Quoted by Macauhub, Barreto said that ARME is currently choosing which Cabo Verdean island to conduct the 5G pilot on, while noting that ‘5G networks will certainly also bring substantial bandwidth improvements, lower latency, with up to 100 times the speed of fourth-generation networks.’ Deputy Prime Minister Olavo Correia previously said that Cabo Verde wants to be among the first countries in Africa to introduce 5G technology.