Leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom has announced plans to launch the first 5G wholesale roaming service, available in all major South African cities from early 2020.
The 5G wholesale network will enable wholesale operators to create innovative, ultra-fast and scalable digital services for their customers.
According to Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Liquid Telecom, “This breakthrough 5G wholesale service will create innovation in every aspect of South African society and industry.”
“For the first time, mobile network operators and ISPs will have open access to Liquid Telecom’s new 5G mobile network. The launch of the service also underscores Liquid Telecom’s vision to bring high-speed connectivity to everyone.” he continued.
Liquid Telecom will use its 3.5GHz spectrum asset to build the 5G network and provide nationwide 5G wholesale services to the market.
One of the most profound implications of the new service will be its impact on South Africa’s 4IR ambitions, where connected devices communicate with each other, automating the factory floor without the need for human intervention.
The fusion of 5G, IoT and other technologies like AI and robotics will touch and transform every facet of business, creating entirely new ways of serving existing needs.
Speaking on the significance of the 5G wholesale network, Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom said “Our wholesale operating partners can exploit our new ultra-fast 5G roaming network to build the next generation of communications and make innovation possible, anytime, anywhere. 5G will facilitate real-time remote collaboration, improved business efficiency and lower costs – ultimately driving growth in the South African economy.”
The launch of the 5G wholesale roaming service is another step towards Liquid Telecom ‘Building Africa’s digital future’.
The organisation has been investing heavily across the continent where it operates Africa’s largest independent fibre network, spanning almost 70,000km in length.