Is 5G a reality in South Africa?
With global 5G rollout gathering speed and the recent launch of 5G in Lesotho by Vodacom, the question of whether South Africa is ready for the transition to 4G’s successor is dependent on various factors that could cause a delay in the integration of 5G in South Africa.
Mobile communications have been the catalyst for the development of new business models with mobile phones becoming more than just a communication tool. In South Africa, 87% of households have access to mobile phones. With limited development of fixed internet (ADSL, fibre) and usage of satellite in the last mile, mobile communication remains vital to bridge the digital gap.
During the International Telecommunications Union conference (ITU), which took place in Durban last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined the role of communications and its importance in the economy as a whole, including the auctioning of 5G spectrum.
While there is political will to get the communication sector back on track, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before even thinking of a 5G network. Completing digital migration, providing direction on the SA connect and licensing 4G spectrum are some of the plans that need to Click here to read entire article
Source:: IT News Africa