Mobile Manufacturers Challenged To Come Up With cheap 5G phones

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has challenged mobile manufacturers to come up with cheap 5G phones.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) through it’s Director General Ezra Chiloba challenged the mobile manufacturers to come up with cheaper devices as the country gets ready to roll out the fifth-generation (5G) technology adding that not so many people could afford the devices due to their costly prices.

“I want to challenge you here to come up with cheaper 5G enabled devices because not everyone can afford what you are selling in the market at the moment,” he said.

Director General Ezra Chiloba was saying this in a speech read on his behalf by the Director, Licensing, Compliance, and Standards Matano Ndaro wondered why all the 5G enabled phones appear costly.

“Indeed, the launch of the smartphone is timely as it comes at a time when our Mobile Network Operators (MNO)’s are gearing for the rollout of the 5G technology in the country, with Safaricom PLC having set the pace.”

He said that the availability of 5G enabled devices are key to the access of 5G services and that’s why today’s event is a critical milestone in that journey.

Currently, 5G phones in the Kenyan market are few and expensive. For instance, Oppo Reno 6 5G retails at Sh60,000 while Huawei Mate 30 Pro retails at about Sh70,000 and Huawei P40 costs above Sh90,000. Also, Vivo smartphone recently joined the network and they are retailing their V23 5G smartphone at Sh60,000.

Safaricom last year launched the 5G network in Kenya and became the second country in Africa to roll out the technology to customers, according to GSMA, an organization representing mobile network operators worldwide.

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