MTN Cote d’Ivoire has outlined plans to roll out its 5G service in the country in January 2024.

The launch coincides with Africa's biggest national football tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations.

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The tournament is due to be held between January and February of next year, with the Ivory Coast hosting the event.

Testing of 5G services has already begun across parts of Abidjan, the country's capital city reports Ecofin.

South African-based MTN Group has previously launched 5G services in South Africa, Nigeria, and Zambia while outlining plans to invest $1 billion in the build-out of 5G services in Ghana.

In November, the operator also launched a 5G pilot in the Republic of Congo.

MTN currently holds around 34 percent market share in the Ivory Coast. It trails Orange, which commands around 43 percent. Orange has previously hinted that it is looking to deploy 5G services in Ivory Coast at some point in 2023.

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