Vodacom Group has agreed to a partnership with Nokia that will see SA’s biggest mobile-network operator test the country’s first high-speed 5G internet service. The two companies will work together to see how the mobile broadband can be best used in the country, where the government has delayed a proposed auction of new spectrum. They will also examine how 5G can be used to boost industries important to the economy, including manufacturing, mining and healthcare. “Africa is in the middle of a mobile connectivity boom, and, as such, 5G will help us to deliver faster internet speeds to our almost 70-million customers,” Vodacom chief technology officer Andries Delport said in a statement on Tuesday. South African mobile-phone companies, including Vodacom, are investing in improving networks and data services to offset a declining market for voice calls. They have been frustrated by the government and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which, last year, disagreed on...

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