Ericsson looking to the future and the implementation of 5G networks

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Ericsson has a long history in Africa, particularly in Kenya. Nicolas Blixell Head of the Global Customer Unit MTN for Ericsson Middle East and Africa,     talks about the company’s history on the continent,

The first deal we have made in Africa came in 1896, 120 years ago, when we installed the fixed exchange in Kenya. We started the first rollout of 2G in South Africa in 1994, we had built 2G, 3G, 4G, we are across the whole continent.”

Africa is a key market for Ericsson and Blixell explains why, “We take Africa very seriously, because there is there, we all feel that big things are going to happen here on the continent.”

Having projected an exponential growth in mobile subscriptions across Africa in the coming years, Ericsson sees a ripe opportunity in the African technological market. Blixell details some of the key figures,

“We are only 7% of 4G subscribers in the Sub-Saharan Africa, meaning 93% does not have 4G. So it’s going to pick up now at a rate of 34%, to up to 30% in 2024, with the data growing at 46% per year. So it’s exploding here.”

While greater 4G coverage is the main priority, Ericsson is also looking to the future and the implementation of 5G networks. Blixell tells Giokos, “We have our eyes on 5G. This is a very important technology, is a completely different game.”

5G will open up a whole network of possibilities – connecting the world in innovative, pioneering ways. Blixell discusses some of the ways that 5G could be utilised,

“Everything that can be connected, will be connected: car tracks, smart meters and so forth. This will be governed by a 5G network, because a 4G cannot take it all.”

Ericsson has a long and distinguished history and Blixell believes that their technological innovation will continue far into the future,

“We have been around for about 140 years, and are going to continue for another 140 years.”

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