5G Network To Function Fully In 2020

The full availability of the 5G network in 2020 will unlock the development of more improved technologies says Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and chief operating officer at Lenovo.

With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, under ideal conditions, 5G is about to be the maximum amount as 20 times faster than 4G, Lanci said. It’s the extra benefits of greater stability and lower latency though that make it an all-round win.

“The reason everyone is so keen for 5G to roll-out is because those combining factors mean it is the key to unlocking the development of more advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, edge computing and others.”

South Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States, are currently le5ading the 5G rollout race.
“They all have multiple companies that have deployed networks and are selling compatible devices. China has the world’s largest 5G network, which was launched by the country’s three largest network operators in October 2019, Lanci said.
On the African Continent however, 5G is still very limited. In South Africa, Rain launched their commercially available 5G network in September 2019, with coverage in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Cape Town, and Vodacom has a limited availability 5G network in Lesotho.
Lanci said that MTN and Vodacom will have to wait for ICASA to assign more bandwidth before they can rollout 5G in South Africa. “We will also need more 5G compatible devices available for purchase in the country.”
“5G has the potential to disrupt entire industries and to start new ones. Its low latency is optimal for IoT, as it will enable real-time communication between connected machines and devices, and it is more suited for driverless vehicles, drones, tele-medicine, and anything AI-related.”
Lanci said that the ability to use such advanced technologies can be a game changer for an organisation giving it a greater competitive edge.
“While we will have to wait until 5G networks are more universally available, to see larger scale adoption, the resulting value companies are already preparing and building towards a more efficient 5G future.”

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