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Tunisia schedules commercial 5G rollout for 2024

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 14:28
Tunisia schedules commercial 5G rollout for 2024

(Ecofin Agency) - Given the current environment of rapid digital transformation and increasing demand for high-speed connectivity, 5G has become a necessity. It plays a crucial role in addressing the connectivity needs that have arisen due to the emerging digital consumption patterns since 2020.

Tunisia will proceed to the commercial deployment of the 5G network technology in 2024. The roadmap for the deployment of ultra-high-speed connection is under development and will be announced in the coming weeks, ICT Minister Nizar Ben Neji (photo) announced Monday, May 8.  

The commercial 5G rollout is part of the country’s strategy to notably accelerate the digitalization of its administration, secure its national cyberspace, ensure digital sovereignty, and establish the digital trust necessary for the successful implementation of digital projects. 

In 2017, Tunisie Telecom, the incumbent operator in Tunisia, began investing in the modernization of its network to prepare for the deployment of ultra-high-speed broadband technology. Ooredoo Tunisia and Orange Tunisia soon followed suit, joining the race to introduce 5G services in the country. Tunisie Telecom and Orange have already conducted tests of the technology and are now awaiting regulatory approval from the National Telecommunications Authority (INT). In 2020, the INT conducted a study to determine whether the country was ready for 5G

"The fifth-generation mobile network will guarantee a significant increase in speeds. It portends ultra-fast connectivity, reduced latency, and increased capacity, opening the way to new possibilities and applications especially those related to the Internet of Things and connected objects in general. It will encourage us to redefine the boundaries of technological development and will be a key catalyst for innovation and technological progress in all areas," said Nizar Ben Neji.

Isaac K. Kassouwi





 
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