Want to know about 5G? This article will serve you important information about 5G and its implementation in Africa.
What is 5G?
According to Wikipedia, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications. It succeeds the 4G (LTE/WiMax), 3G (UMTS) and 2G (GSM) systems. 5G performance targets high data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacity, and massive device connectivity. 5G promises superior speeds in most conditions to the 4G network.
In September of 2017, 180 individuals identified as scientists and doctors from around the globe collaborated to begin a petition to stop 5G’s deployment, because of health and safety concerns.
Countries that Have Announced 5G Trials and Network Launches
- South Korea
5G in Africa
Earlier this year Vodacom, Vodafone’s subsidiary in Africa, announced the launch of Africa’s first commercial 5G network. The African unit of Vodafone said that it had commenced “fixed 5G” service in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho.
MTN South Africa in partnership with Ericsson have announced the first 5G customer trial deployment in South Africa starting with a fixed wireless access site at technology company Netstar’s headquarters in Midrand. The field deployment in Midrand, is situated between Johannesburg and Tshwane (Pretoria). Many of Netstar’s Employees based on the deal, can connect to the trial 5G network. According to the Vanguard, Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, “5G holds immense potential of opportunities, driving the industry’s digitization and the pursue for innovation. Our collaboration with MTN South Africa will enable us to jointly develop 5G use cases based on real business needs that will support MTN to meet their future business requirements.”
The first phase of 5G specifications in release-15 is expected to be completed by March 2019 and the second phase in release-16 is due completed by March 2020.
As promising as this is for the rest of the world, 4G is yet to be fully implemented throughout Nigeria and with some places still lacking 3G, you can bet it will surely take some time before it is implemented on this country.