NAIROBI, 11 April 2021 – Nokia announced Tuesday that it is powering East Africa’s first 5G commercial services with Safaricom, Kenya’s leading telecoms operator.
5G capabilities will change a lot of things in unimaginable ways for people and enterprises, playing a key role towards fulfilling our vision to transform lives,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom, promising to “provide world-class broadband services to our customers”.
Nokia’s 5G Single Radio Access Network technology and 5G FastMile gateways enable ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access services to Safaricom subscribers across Kisumu and the Western Province of Kenya.
5G enables new applications in virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.
“We are committed to working with the operator to transform the communications landscape in the country. This will open new business opportunities for Safaricom,” said Amr K. El Leithy, Nokia’s senior vice-president for the Middle East and Africa Market.
Safaricom says its clients specialized in all sectors, including energy, healthcare, education, transport, and entertainment will all benefit.
During the launch event in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Safaricom showcased the capabilities of 5G hologram, Ultra-HD video communication, and virtual fashion shopping.
In the hologram showcase, the live 5G network was used to teleport Safaricom’s executives from the Safaricom office in Kisumu to the launch event in Nairobi.
As part of the second showcase, Ultra-HD video communication was made using the 5G Fixed Wireless Access connectivity powered by WiFi-6 with Nokia Beacon 6.
The third showcase of virtual shopping will change the shopping experience, allowing users to try on clothes “virtually”.
Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateway provides fiber-like speeds for fixed wireless services to subscribers.