Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

4G/5G

Tunisia Eyes 5G in 2021

Article Image
Tunisia's telecoms regulator has launched a feasibility study of 5G and the country's minister for telecoms has said licences suitable for the next generation of mobile broadband services could be awarded in 2021.

When opening the recent Regional Forum on Emerging Technologies in Tunis, jointly organised with the ITU, Lassaad Hamzaoui, the president of Tunisia's telecom regulator (Instance Nationale des Télécommunications, INTT), announced that his office has commissioned a study in 5G, reported ITWeb Africa.

The study will analyse the opportunities as well as technological and economic implications of 5G, to help Tunisia keep pace with the 5G development in the regional and global markets. The tender for the research project was first published at the beginning of March and concluded at the beginning of April. The winner was not publicly announced.

5G has also gained support from the government. Anouar Maarouf, the minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy (le Ministère des Technologies de la Communication et de l'Economie Numérique), said at a workshop on 5G and Innovation in December last year that 5G licences could be awarded in 2021 if the technologies should be ready. His department, through Taoufik Rojbi, the Director General of the National Frequencies Agency (Agence Nationale Des Fréquences), also announced at the same workshop that the licence fees will be spread out over a number of years, to alleviate the financial pressure on operators that aspire to launch 5G in the country, reported allAfrica.

Anouar Maarouf, the minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, talks at the December 2018 workshop on 5G and innovation.
Anouar Maarouf, the minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy, talks at the December 2018 workshop on 5G and innovation.

Tunisia has one of the best 4G networks in Africa, only bettered by South Africa in the highest uploading and downloading speeds among the African countries, according to a study by OpenSignal. (See Africa's 4G Experience Varies Wildly, Finds OpenSignal.)

Recently, Tunisia's ambition to become a local hub for innovation was bolstered by Orange’s decision to land its first African 'Orange Digital Centre' in Tunis. (See 'Orange Digital Center' Launches in Tunisia.)

On the other hand, Tunisia, together with Egypt, Niger and São Tomé and Príncipe, has been identified by the GSMA as the countries that have charged high spectrum fees relative to the national income level. Therefore, the decision to spread out 5G licence payment will help. (See GSMA on the Impact of Spectrum License Fees: Is It Really That Simple?)

— Wei Shi, Site Editor, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 4 – Agri-fintech, from kibbutz to Kenya

The Connecting Africa Podcast team speak to Israeli-Kenyan startup Avenews' co-founder and CEO, Shalom Ben-Or, about his fintech super-app that has been built specifically for Africa's agriculture industry.

Story

Hot startup of the month: Cloud-native developer Deimos

This month's hot startup is pan-African cloud technology and professional services company Deimos which is on a mission to be the leading cloud-native technology company in Africa.

More Innovation hub

Flash poll

All polls

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.

Story

Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.

Story

Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Latest video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: July 2022

By Omdia Analysts

Kenya and Zambia move towards 5G with new spectrum allocations while Tunisie Telecom plans to shut down its 3G network - that and more in this month's Omdia View.

Story

Omdia View: June 2022

By Omdia Analysts

5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

More Guest Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up