Orange has started testing its 5G technology in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The operator claims to be the first operator in the country to pilot 5G services, saying the technology will support connectivity of up to 1Gbps, and provide lower latency of 5G to support IoT applications.

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No details were shared about the location of the trials.

Orange RDC was founded in 2001 as Congo Chine Télécoms (CCT), as part of a joint venture between Chinese vendor ZTE and the Congolese state before it was acquired by Orange in 2011.

Orange previously launched 5G services in one African market, Botswana, in November.

Orange Middle East and Africa CEO Jerôme Henique said at the time:.“The launch of 5G in Botswana will allow us to scale up this technology and gain experience for other Orange countries across Africa."

Henique said Orange's next likely 5G targets could be in Ivory Coast and Senegal. The operator is active in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has 142 million customers across the regions.