5G, the 5th generation mobile network, had been in the no for some time now.
It is a new global wireless standard, coming after the 1G, 2G, 3G networks and the 4G networks that we are currently operating in many parts of Nigeria.
Between November and December 2019, one of the leading service providers in Nigeria, MTN, conducted 5G network trials in Abuja, Lagos and Calabar, in the presence of the telecom regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
The 5G trials were, also, witnessed by the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
5G was, also, fingered as the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many scientific tests have been carried out to prove otherwise.
The radiation that the 5G network emits is said to be tolerable and not dangerous to humans.
The International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, (ICNIRP), has, in fact, classified the radiation from 5G networks as non-ionizing, hence, it is safe for humans and safe to be deployed.
5G Networks is the future
The 5G networks, has been deployed in some parts of Europe, Asia and America, with marked outstanding results.
Many other countries in those continents are already taking steps, to deploy the 5G networks in their countries.
The African continent and Nigeria, in particular, should not, therefore, be left out in the cold on the deployment of 5G network.
When deployed in Nigeria, the 5G networks, will, also, bring marked improvements, over the 3G and 4G networks.
It is a new kind of network that is designed, to connect, virtually, everyone and everything together, including machines, objects, and devices.
In this piece and 3 subsequent ones, we shall put both the benefits of deploying the 5G mobile networks in Nigeria, as espoused by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, and why Nigeria should not shy away from the opportunities abandoning its plans to deploy it.
Benefits to be derived from the deployment of the 5G networks in Nigeria, as espoused by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, include the following:
Online Data Accessing and Processing Speed, etc
The 5G wireless technology, when deployed is meant to deliver higher online data accessing and processing speeds.
This will enable online users to work faster and spend less time in completing their work online.
These networks will, also, come with, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability.
Improve on user experience
The 5G networks, when deployed, will bring more uniform user experience to more users, online.
This is because, the 5G networks, has the potential of providing 20 times faster data speeds and carries a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users than the 4G is capable of doing.
Users in high-density areas, like airports, stadiums, or urban areas can, therefore, still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G netwoks service.
Make live easy for the citizens
As the world replaces more and more household items, with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also, known as the Internet of Things, the 5G networks capacity will be critical, enabling it to, potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices, per square mile.
5G is, therefore, a transformational change from 4G.
Enhance technological development of the country
With its deployment, the technological development of the country is sure to be enhanced because of the extremely fast transfer rate of large quantities of data.
The 5G networks will enable interconnected devices, for instant communication.
It will bring a new connected world of ‘Smart cities’ in the country.
Extremely fast, supporting data transfer rates of up to 20GB/s
The 5G networks, is extremely, fast, as it is capable of supporting data transfer rates of up to 20GB/s, if supported by robust fibre infrastructure.
With 5G networks, also, wireless data delays drop to one millisecond.
This opens up the potential, for multiple driver-less cars, where large quantities of, potentially, lifesaving data have to be transferred almost, instantaneously.
Ability to download faster than the 4G networks
The 5G network is designed, to carry data, up to 10 times faster, than 4G networks.
This means that HD movies can be downloaded in seconds, with the 5G networks in place.
More benefits derivable from the deployment of 5G networks in Nigeria, as put forward by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, will be highlighted in the 3 subsequent pieces in this series. Please, watch out for them.
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