• While the new milestone makes Kenyans early 5G adopters in Africa, there are still concerns about market and investor readiness for widespread adoption of 5G technology throughout the continent. 5G technology advantages are largely premised on increased internet speeds that are critical in such uses as in AI and connecting people with quality and fast speed services. Kenya’s mobile network operator, Safaricom, has built a 5G network. According to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), an association representing mobile network operators throughout the world. It’s now the second African country to provide the technology to users. The system is now being tested in four locations, with plans to extend to nine in the coming year.
In 2021, the new 5G technology, which Safaricom introduced in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii and Kakamega, was planned to be extended to 150 locations across nine municipalities. The main purpose of the experiment, according to the telecom provider, is to provide access speeds of 700 Mbps, with ambitions to expand to over 1,000 Mbps.
While the new milestone makes Kenyans early 5G adopters in Africa, there are still concerns about market and investor readiness for widespread adoption of 5G technology throughout the continent. As a result, while widespread 5G adoption in the region has compelling potential, it may be a long way off. Telecom is implementing the initiative utilising Nokia and Huawei technology from Finland and China.
How 5G affects Kenyans
The fifth generation of technology for broadband cellular networks is known as 5G. It provides 100 times higher internet rates and reduced latency than 4G. Latency is the delay that users experience before the data transfer commences. It can also accommodate one million devices per km², whereas 4G is limited to 100,000. Kenyans are eager to learn how this new 5G technology will alter the way people interact and live.
Thus, the introduction has created quite a stir both offline and online. For Safaricom users, 5G technology is enabling new applications in fields like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). According to the Finnish vendor, it’ll also assist businesses in key energy, healthcare, education, transportation and entertainment sectors.
The increased speeds of 5G deliver fibre optic-like connections to households, with up to 940 Mbps internet speeds. This would be a major changer for African companies and institutions without fibre-optic connections, especially in a world where work, education and entertainment occur online. The pandemic […]