The Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications of Cote d’Ivoire (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire, ARTCI) seems to be considering the implementation of shared active telecommunications infrastructure as a part of the 5G network deployment in the nation. As per information on ARTCI's official website, they have issued a request for proposals from potential contractors to develop mechanisms for active infrastructure sharing within the scope of 5G Networks.
Infrastructure Sharing for 5G
The official announcement from ARTCI indicates the intention to choose a firm responsible for developing mechanisms to facilitate the sharing of active telecommunications (TIC) infrastructure, as part of the deployment of 5G networks in Cote d'Ivoire. Currently, 5G has not yet been introduced in the Ivory Coast, a nation located along the southern coastline of West Africa.
The regulatory body is also actively seeking a contracting firm, as evidenced by the proposal outlining the selection of a company tasked with conducting a study on the formulation of a digital inclusion strategy. Additionally, there is a pursuit to engage a firm for a prospective study concerning the challenges posed by artificial intelligence, 5G, and metaverse in the context of fostering digital economy growth.
MTN Group 5G
As reported by TelecomTalk, MTN Group, the South African multinational telecommunications company has launched 5G recently in Uganda and has in earlier in February also outlines plans to invest USD 1 Billion for 5G rollout in Ghana.
Earlier in March, MTN Cote d'Ivoire has announced that its 5G services will be accessible by the start of the African Cup of Nations, Africa's biggest football tournament around January 2024.
In September 2022, Orange Cote d'Ivoire has opened the Orange 5G Lab, a facility dedicated for digital professionals, start-ups, and businesses located at the Deux Plateaux Smart Store in Cocody, Abidjan. At the time of the official announcement, Orange announced that the deployment of the 5G network across Cote d’Ivoire was planned for 2023.
Orange said, this site will host a 5G demo space for different business sectors, conferences, training, co-working sessions, co-innovation and practical 5G application sessions.