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There has been much hype regarding the future rollout of a network upgrade called “5G” but what does it mean for the average South African?

5G is a technical standard for wireless networks that promises faster speeds and less latency when connecting to the network. This upgrade will be a game changer when it comes to how we live our lives or do business in just about every industry.

One of the great expectations for the future is not only that every human will be connected to the Internet, but that most of our equipment and devices will be connected too. This is commonly known as the ‘internet of things’ (IoT). Soon we will have smart homes, driverless cars and robotic waiters. IoT is totally dependent on network devices that are more energy efficient, more reliable and use a mobile network with a much higher device concentration. This is where 5G plays a crucial role. With this upgrade there will be capacity for up to 1,000 5G connected devices per person for all 7 billion people in the world!

The network is designed to reach speeds of 10gbps which is 100 times faster than the current 100mbps that 4G reaches today, making it effortless to download 4K-quality movies in less than 20 seconds!

Given the advantage gained with this technology, you will understand the reason for the rising tensions between the U.S. and China as both countries race to be the first to rollout 5G nationwide.

With communication across so many devices, the one major obstacle with 5G will be the management and storage of the vast amount of data that will be created in an already saturated wireless spectrum.

South Africa has geared towards 5G and has urged industry across sectors to start preparing from now.

Reference: www.phys.org

Aneesa Khan | Finance Manager