The government of Cote d’Ivoire says it expects the country’s first 5G networks to go live next year. Ecofin cites Kanvoli Kacou Bi Dje from the Ministry of Digital Economy, Telecommunications and Innovation as saying that the government has already adopted a roadmap for the launch of the new technology. Local cellco MTN began trials of 5G equipment in December, with testing expanded to nine sites in Abidjan earlier this month. The firm is currently in talks with authorities to determine which spectrum will be released for 5G services. Cote d’Ivoire wants 5G networks to go live ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament which will be held in the country next year.