Managing Director of Ericsson Ghana, Roger Aramouni

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The Managing Director in charge of Ericsson Ghana, Roger Aramouni, has told Biztechafrica that Ghana is well positioned to be the leading technological hub for West and Central Africa.

Attributing this to the country’s competency, good policy framework, open market and a positive environment Mr. Aramouni said he was confident that Ghana’s telecom industry would not only grow but also lead innovation and stand out to be an enviable example for the rest of the countries on the African continent.

Speaking during an interview on the sidelines of Ericsson’s workshop held at the plush Kempinski Royal Hotel in Accra to showcase some advanced technology the company introduced at the just ended World Mobile Congress 2017 in  Barcelona, Spain, Mr. Aramouni highlighted the ongoing discussion around 5G as the latest technology solution which Ericsson is at the forefront leading the discourse within the technology space,  and revealed that since 5G is currently undergoing various kinds of test in some developed countries, it’s about time that Ghana together with the rest of other developing countries start thinking about and looking towards the direction of 5G adaptation.

“Although Ghana is not ready for 5G yet, it’s important for industry players, policy makers and government agencies to initiate moves that would prepare the country ICT industry and the ecosystem to be ready,” he underscored.

According Roger Aramouni, Ericsson which has earned an enviable record for itself as a global leader in delivering ICT solutions with representation in over 180 countries and comprehensive industry solutions ranging from Cloud services and Mobile Broadband to Network Design and Optimization is ever prepares to assist Ghana’s ICT industry to successfully embrace 5G when all the necessary regulations are satisfactory met.

Throwing more light on the timelines for the rollout of 5G within the tech space and Ericsson’s commitment in helping Ghana and other African countries to stay prepared for the next big thing which is 5G, the Director of Customer Marketing at Ericsson, Michelle Davidos disclosed to Biztechafrica that some leading tech firms including Ericsson are running trials on the new 5G technology 5G.

“The way forward on 5G from timing perspective, there is a number of companies doing trials around the world, and Ericsson is also partnering with operators to put trials in market places as we speak. Our first execution of 5G is going to happen for the Olympic in 2018 and we anticipate that the commercialization of 5G is going to happen in 2020 and we are working at already established or developed markets, for developing countries there’s still a long way to go.

It could be recalled that Ericsson and Etisalat successfully conducted a 5G trial with outdoor mobility at Etisalat’s Head Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE during the first of the month. The trial demonstrated 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network, including tests on speed, latency and beam steering. The 5G trial system is using 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band, demonstrating over 20 times greater performance than what is currently used in 4G networks. The trial also achieved an aggregate site throughput of more than 24Gbps a significant improvement over current 4G networks.

Madam Davidos noted that Ericsson was starting the conversation around 5G for network operators in Africa to now start to take one step at a time towards the road to 5G. “And by the time we look at the execution and implementation of the solution we have a foundation and its ready, so that we do it correctly,” she stressed.

Ericsson believes that 5G will enable organizations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The move to 5G which will add a new element: the industrial internet will also enable more secure transactions and expand the battery life of IoT devices by 10X.

The global leader in delivering ICT solutions revealed that all this will create opportunities for new use cases that we haven’t yet dreamed of where industries will be transformed by new capabilities brought on by 5G. Examples of these capabilities include: the ability to download a full-length HD movie in seconds, the quick reaction time (low latency) to enable remote surgery, the ability to spin up virtual networks on-demand with network slicing and battery lifetimes beyond 10 years for remote cellular devices.

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