Tanzania’s leading telecom operator by subscriptions, Vodacom has launched the country’s first 5G technology.
The roll out will start with the establishment of over 200 5G sites in several sites including Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma, Mwanza, Iringa, Mbeya, Kagera, Njombe, and Zanzibar by November 2022.
Tanzania’s newly-launched 5G will be made available via the telco’s routers and 5G-enabled devices, with promises of speeds of up to 400 MB per second; plans are en route to increase the capacity to 800 MB per second in the coming months.
Once it is fully available, Vodacom claims 1 GB per second would be an obtainable network speed.
According to data portal Statista, Vodacom is the leading player in Tanzania’s telecommunications market, sitting on 29.4% worth of unit shares as of Q4 2021. Airtel and Tigo lay claim to 27.2% and 24.7%, respectively.
Per the GSMA’s estimation, by 2034, 5G will add $5.2 billion to the Sub-Saharan African economy, potentially adding a GDP equivalent of 9.7% to the region’s economy.