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Ambani’s Radisys to Challenge Airtel with 5G Expansion in Africa

Radisys, a subsidiary of multinational telco—Jio Platforms—owned by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, has partnered with other telcos to provide affordable 5G broadband in Ghana.  

  • Johnson Opeisa
  • 29th May 2024

One of the world’s largest mobile network providers, Radisys Corporation is set to venture into the African market with its 5G mobile broadband services.


Radisys, a subsidiary of multinational telecommunications company—Jio Platforms—owned by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, has partnered with Ascend Digital, K-Net, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, and Ghana’s government to boost digital inclusion and connectivity in the West African country.


The creation of a shared 5G Mobile Broadband Infrastructure is critical for delivering affordable, high-speed data access to the people of Ghana and help achieve our Digital Ghana vision,” said Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister for Communications and Digitalization.


The creation of NGIC as a neutral, shared platform, accessible to all mobile network operators and tower companies, will help to expand 5G services rapidly across the country. We are inspired by India’s digital infrastructure and low-cost mobile data usage and keen to replicate it in Ghana.”


As a means of infiltration into the rest of Africa, one of the partners—the Next-Gen Infrastructure Company (NGIC)—has been awarded a 5G license and is expected to launch 5G services across Ghana within the next six months, followed by expansion to other parts of the continent.


Radisys, according to CEO Arun Bhikshesvaran,looks forward to helping Ascend and NGIC build a disruptive and affordable shared broadband infrastructure across Ghana.”



With Radisys leading the Indian market consumption by over 40%, the move into Africa will see the company go head-to-head against its biggest Indian rival, Airtel.


Since its launch in Africa over a decade ago, Airtel has been trailing MTN as the second-largest telecom company in the continent.



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