Ethio Telecom has finalized preparations to launch a 5G network test for the first time in the country, according to Capital newspaper.

The trial is expected to begin next week, the report said.

The company is said to be implementing the project using technology from the Chinese company Huawei.

Currently, less than 1% of mobile phone connections in the Sub-Saharan Africa region are on 5G, and this number is not expected to grow this year but is likely to reach 7% in 2026, according to the report by Ericsson, a Swedish networking and telecommunications company.

In theory, 5G is likely to reach speeds that are 20 times faster than 4G LTE. 4G LTE has a peak speed of 1GB per second; 5G could theoretically achieve speeds of 20GB per second. These are of course what you might call ‘peak speeds’, we’ll just have to see when 5G is rolled out what the real-world performance is like.

But where you might get 10Mb per second from your 4G network today, 5G could possibly provide 100MB per second everyday speeds.


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