By Zuko Komisa
There is a major race happening between the USA and China who are both working on their nationwide rollout to who will be the first to roll out 5G. This past week Vodafone Germany activated the first 5G base stations bringing 5G connectivity to over 20 towns and cities.
Arthur Goldstuck who is a journalist, media analyst and commentator on IT Technology, Internet and mobile communications and technologies joined Kaya Bizz to explore challenges facing South Africa’s 5G’s rollout.
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What will 5G mean for your internet usage?
5G promises download speeds 10 to 20 times faster than we have now, making it effortless to download UHD video of 4K-quality in less than 25 seconds. You will also get wider coverage and more stable connections.
Listen to the full conversation here:
Adapting to the 4th Industrial Revolution
Connectivity is going to play a major role in catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to fast-changing technology and uninterrupted internet access. Manufactures of handsets and cars have already started rolling out products that enable the usage of 5G.
Challenges affecting the launch of 5G in South Africa
Apart from the high prices of data in South Africa, the country has to deal with the fact that we are far behind in our efforts to freeing up and licensing more frequencies.
“It’s really a thing of the allocation of the spectrum being used, in fact, we don’t even have spectrum available for 4G. While 4G has been rolled out, the 4G we have in this country is limited because it uses bandwidth that was designed for 3G.” says Goldstuck.
ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) is yet to assign radio frequency spectrum for 5G networks.
Goldstuck says by the end of this year there’ll be more spectrum available, allowing for faster speed and access.
“It looks like by the end of the year, the new spectrum will be used, allowing for better 4G… far more people will have access to the towers at a far higher speed than before, more connection than before. All in all, making more economic sense. ”
What will a world with 5G look like?
In a country like ours with fast-growing smartphone penetration, imagine everything on your phone faster. This will be mean more efficiency for industries such as Construction, Agriculture, Banking, Insurance and the Public Sector.
Technologies that will gain prominence
- Creative use of high quality virtual & augmented reality
- Superfast downloads
- Smart Cities
- Driverless vehicles
- More remote surgery