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Less than 1% of smartphones in Nigeria are 5G-enabled—Airtel



Airtel Nigeria

Telecommunications operator, Airtel Nigeria, has said that less than 1% of smartphones currently available in Nigeria are 5G-enabled thus creating a barrier to the adoption of the latest mobile technology that has been launched by three operators.

The Director of Marketing at Airtel, Ismail Adesina, disclosed this during a webinar on the need for collaborations to drive 5G in Nigeria.

He also identified two major obstacles to 5G spread in Nigeria including coverage and cost.

As a result of these obstacles, 5G subscriptions in Nigeria were still at 0.83% as of August this year, according to data from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

This was even though three network operators, including Airtel, MTN, and Mafab have launched the technology.

While coverage has to do with operators’ ability to expand the service across the length and breadth of the country, Ismaila said the cost relates to the affordability of devices for the consumers.

To address these issues, he said Airtel plans to invest more in expanding its 5G infrastructure while partnering with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to make 5G phones available in Nigeria and at affordable costs.

While noting that Airtel is continually investing in infrastructure to expand its service across Nigeria, Ismaila said the company is also leveraging partnerships to drive down the cost of devices.

Speaking on the collaboration with Airtel Nigeria, the Director for Corporate Sales and Marketing, MediaTek Middle East and Africa, Said Rami Osman, said the chip-making company will be deploying its T750-powered Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), to enhance Airtel’s 5G service delivery.

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