Nigeria will become the first country in West Africa to use 5G technology and applications after MTN conducted a test in Abuja. The telecoms giants, in partnership with Huawei, plans another round of tests in Lagos and Calabar.
5G networks, the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, is expected to officially launch across the world by 2020. It is offering unlimited potential to vastly improve our lives. This cutting edge technology provides faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices.
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Some key benefits of 5G networks
1. Much higher data rates
It features 10 – 20 Gbit/s, enabling consumers to download content more quickly and improvement from 4G whose download rate is around 100Mbps.
2. Much lower latency (1 ms)
5G allows users to experience less delay or lag when requesting data from the network — a latency of milliseconds, imperceptible to humans.
3. Increased capacity
As the network expands, new uses are often found for technology after it has been developed. IoT and IoT will benefit from this development. 5G networks will help power a huge rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) innovations, providing the facilities needed to send and receive huge amounts of data. This allows for an even smarter, more connected world.
Development of this new technology is well underway. Many companies are making sure their devices and networks are 5G-ready in time for the global launch in 2020. Some networks may even launch before then.
Speedier connections help you stay online no matter where you are. Average download speeds of around 10 Gbps are expected to be the norm.
The United States, China, and South Korea will be among the first to install full 5G networks. Nigeria is gearing up from all indications.
Listen to Plat4om’s podcast on the introduction of 5G in Nigeria.
Like it or not 5G is coming to Nigeria, and you should brace for it. Its full impact will be interesting to see
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