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Telecoms: Africa needs 5G regulation overhaul, Nokia says

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Wednesday, 7 April 2021 04:07

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African regulators need to upgrade their rulebooks to accelerate the adoption of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks, says Alpin Verlet, Nokia’s CEO for West and Central Africa.

“Regulators and policy-makers need to acknowledge that the mobile industry and 5G are major catalysts in speeding up the digitalisation of multiple industries,” Verlet says.

Nokia was chosen by Togocom in November 2020 to deploy West Africa’s first 5G network. Accelerating spectrum identification and allocation to mobile broadband is critical, Verlet argues. “More spectrum will need to be available for the mobile industry and more specifically for 5G. Regional and global spectrum harmonisation efforts are crucial.”