Econet Wireless Considers 5G Network Launch


Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is considering the launch of a 5G network service to its customers in a bid to boost connectivity services and ease communication.

The decision to introduce the 5G network came about a year after it introduced the 4G network at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly.

While the company intends to expand its current 3G and 4G long-term evolution to other parts of the country where the service is yet to be effective, CEO at Econet Wireless group, Mr Douglas Mboweni said “Countries like South Korea are already experimenting with some of these technologies and in Africa we do not have to reinvent the wheel but to look at what is being applied elsewhere.”

“There is still a lot of work that needs to be done in 3G and 4G but 5G is a technology already being looked at by other players and we are watching it closely. As soon as we find that it is ready for roll out then we will go for it because our issue is to make sure that our customers continue to enjoy speed on their devices,” he added.

Last week, Econet Wireless launched its Platinum Suite in Sam levy, Borrowdale to enable easy transmission of information between devices and individuals as technology evolves.

It is currently working on introducing an Internet Protocol (IP) network that will encourage e-commerce in Zimbabwe, making it faster and easier to shop online.

In the future, the company hopes to launch a tracking system which can be used on cars and other devices.

“There is no end, as long as technological changes happen, we will make sure we continue to drive this business for the convenience of the customer,” Mboweni said.