Telecom Malagasy (Telma), Madagascar’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), switched on a commercial 5G network supplied by Ericsson in the capital Antananarivo and the city of Toamasina on 26 June. Citing enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access as the two key 5G use cases in Madagascar, the partners believe the network’s greater capacity, higher data speeds and reduced latency will power new experiences for Telma customers, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications, while healthcare and education will also benefit.
Telma CEO Patrick Pisal Hamida stated: ‘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.’
Telma activated the 5G network in the 3.6GHz-3.7GHz frequency band using the latest radio access and transport products from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio.