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

Somtel launches 5G in Somalia

Article Image
Somali mobile operator Somtel has launched its fifth-generation (5G) network in the East African country.

At the recent launch, the operator's parent company, Dahabshiil Group, said the achievement marks a significant leap forward for the region's tech ecosystem.

The company previously brought 4G LTE to the region and introduced modernized networks with voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and eSIM technology.

"We are incredibly proud our Somtel colleagues have launched a 5G network," said Dahabshiil Group CEO Abdirashid Duale.

The CEO added that 5G will be instrumental in driving speedy ICT solutions for economic growth and enriching the digital lives of all Somalis.

"The rapid connections enabled by 5G will unlock a world of possibilities and empower us to harness the benefits of emerging technologies," Duale continued.

Somalia's mobile ecosystem

According to statistics from market research company Omdia, Somalia has nine mobile operators.

It will be interesting to see how Somtel – which is the fifth largest telco with only 7.4% market share at the end of September 2023 – will benefit from on its 5G launch.

Somtel's parent company Dahabshiil Group said the 5G launch marks a significant leap forward for the region's tech ecosystem.   (Source: Image by Freepik.)
Somtel's parent company Dahabshiil Group said the 5G launch marks a significant leap forward for the region's tech ecosystem.
(Source: Image by Freepik.)

Omdia ranks Hormuud Telecom as the country's biggest operator, with over 39% market share in the third quarter of 2023. The second biggest is Nationlink Somalia with 16.5% market share, followed by Telcom with almost 14% market share.

The third largest is Telsom Mobile with close to 10% market share over the same period. The remaining four operators each have market shares of between 7% and under 1%.

Africa's 5G progression

Somalia follows several African countries that have launched 5G services.

5G news is becoming commonplace in Africa and recently the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) awarded 5G licenses to three operators, while Orange announced that it was testing 5G in Sierra Leone.

Furthermore, Orange announced its plans to launch 5G services in most of its African operations by the end of 2024.

In September 2023, Ethiopian state-owned telecom operator Ethio Telecom launched its commercial 5G services.

The Ethio Telecom launch came on the back of Emtel becoming the second telco to launch 5G services in the island nation of Mauritius in August 2023.


Follow Connecting Africa on our new X account @connect__africa to get the latest telecoms and tech news across Africa.


That launch followed launches by MTN and Airtel in Uganda and Airtel in Zambia in August 2023.

Related posts:

Innovation hub

Story

Four agritech startups to watch in 2024

Connecting Africa has compiled a list of four agritech startups that are making a difference in the communities they serve.

Story

Paymentology looks to strengthen its African roots

Global issuer-processor Paymentology's CEO Jeff Parker spoke to Connecting Africa about the company's African roots and aspirations to work with more banks, fintechs and enterprises both on the continent and globally.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Upcoming events

Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 11-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

Story

The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: February 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in February 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included 5G launches in Senegal and 5G trials in Egypt as well as Kenya's first 5G MVNO. Airtel also launched a new wholesale connectivity business while MTN and Huawei are planning a joint Innovation Technology Lab in South Africa – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

Story

Omdia View: January 2024

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in January 2024 in the Middle East and Africa included a $200 million fintech deal between MTN and Mastercard as well as 5G network trials by Telecom Egypt – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up
Tag id test-002