Hormuud Telecom launches 5G service in key locations across Somalia

March 21, 2024
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  • Hormuud Telecom, a Somali telecommunications company, has reportedly launched 5G connectivity in up to eight locations across the country.
  • According to Hormuud, the 5G coverage in Mogadishu, Kismayo, Galkayo and Baidoa, Dhusamareeb, Beledwayne, Afgoye, Merca, and Dhobley is up to 81%.
  • Starting today, March 21, 2024, the telco will also provide free upgrades to its existing 4G customers. Hormuud customers will also receive an unlimited data plan for $20 monthly. 

Hormuud Telecom already has 4G connectivity, which reaches approximately 70% of Somalia's population, to achieve 88% coverage in urban areas and 70% in rural areas. Hormuud customers use an average of 5GB per month, up from 1-2 gigabytes in the previous two years.

Technically, the newly launched 5G connectivity will provide a speed rate of 10Gbps/100Gbps/200Gbps/400Gbps based on the request per single wavelength, with an overall capacity of 0.96Tbps/9.6Tbps/19Tbps/38Tbps.

Following the launch, Somalia's Minister of Telecommunication, Jama Hassan Khalif, expressed that while the move is a significant milestone for Hormuud Telecom, it demonstrates the nation's commitment to growth and improvement. 

Hormuud Telecom's launch aims to make the benefits of a 5G network more accessible. Ahmed Yusuf, CEO of the telco, highlighted the benefits of advanced technology, which include faster Internet and improved services in various sectors, stating that everyone can benefit. According to the CEO, it is more about advancement, empowerment, and fostering a society that embraces digital technology.

Meanwhile, Hormuud is one of many telcos launching 5G in Somalia. Somtel, another regional telecommunications provider, was announced as the first to launch a 5G network in January 2024.

Previously, in September 2023, Somalia's National Communications Authority (NCA) launched a consultation process for its National 5G strategy. The strategy included a roadmap for assigning 5G spectrum.

Africa is pushing the boundaries of its digital evolution and rapidly adopting new technological trends. Internet connectivity, which is an essential component of digital evolution, is being upgraded in many countries across the continent. 

Aside from Somalia, South Africa, Nigeria, and roughly ten other countries have already implemented 5G connectivity. Mobile Telecommunications Company and Huawei recently partnered to carry out a 5G connectivity trial in Namibia.

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