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Orange launches commercial 5G network in Botswana

Orange launches commercial 5G network in Botswana

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Orange Botswana is the first Orange affiliate in Africa to launch 5G commercially. The 5G network will be available in greater Gaborone and Francistown, covering 30% of the population from November 11 2022. Other cities will follow in early 2023.

It follows the launch of Botswana’s first Orange Digital Centre which will help bridge the digital divide and prepare Batswana youth for employment in a blossoming digital ecosystem. New healthcare, education and security services will be enabled in the country by the 5G technology.

This 5G launch will further support innovation and digital inclusion in the country, putting Botswana at the forefront of 5G in Africa and is closely aligned with the government’s ambition to leverage Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovation towards transforming Botswana into a knowledge-based economy, leaving no-one behind.

Orange Botswana has partnered with MRI Botswana to create a ‘Connected Ambulance’ project that will allow doctors to guide paramedics through life-saving procedures on their way to hospitals. This telemedicine intervention will change lives and would not have been possible without 5G. Orange Botswana is looking forward to collaborating with the government and enterprises to implement 5G-based use cases.

After the commercial launch of its 5G services in Botswana, Orange Middle East and Africa intend to maintain its efforts in getting the latest and most advanced technologies in all its MEA countries adding value to local economies and continuously bridging the digital gap within the African populations.

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