Agence Ecofin reports that TogoCom, the telecoms holding company created by the formal transformation of the Togo Telecom Group, has launched 5G services on a commercial basis. Claiming a first for West Africa, the cellco’s new Nokia-powered fifth-generation network is now operational in the capital Lome, promising to deliver mobile internet data rates at up to 100 times faster than those offered by 4G LTE, and extremely low latency.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) was granted a licence to trial 5G services in real world conditions in the country, according to the government’s portal, Republique. The move comes two years after Togocel, the mobile arm of holding company TogoCom, switched on its 4G network, with the long term objective being to offer the Togolese population speeds four times faster than those offered by 4G by 2025 – part of the owner’s seven-year development programme for the company.
Commenting on the surprise launch, Cina Lawson, Minister of the Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, said: ‘5G will facilitate innovative uses by allowing the emergence of new services that meet the needs of various sectors of the economy (energy, health, industry, transport, etc). In addition, the government’s objective is for mobile coverage to benefit all Togolese. It is therefore important to ensure that the deployment of this technology is not limited to large cities alone, but that it contributes to improving the quality of coverage so that all localities in Togo can benefit from 5G services.’ TogoCom CEO Paulin Alazard added: ‘We are proud to have met the challenge of launching 5G in just one year in accordance with our roadmap. All the TogoCom teams, whom I greet and congratulate, have rallied around this great project which is a new step forward for Togo.’