Over the past year, it has become difficult to ignore the increasing hype and media noise around 5G. For both businesses and consumers, the shift to fibre connectivity has already brought immense benefits, and the prevalence of 4G countrywide has enabled people to enjoy relatively seamless and fast mobile connectivity. Moreover, unlike other countries bedazzled by the promise of 5G, South Africa has wide-range and highly robust fibre networks in place, which are growing quickly. This begs the question: what’s the rush?
Admittedly, when delving into what 5G really means, it is a hugely exciting proposition. Put simply, it’s the next, fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity promising radically faster data download and upload speeds. Initially 10 to 20 times faster than 4G but potentially up to thousands of times faster. For technology companies and connectivity providers, 5G is about making better use of the radio spectrum and ultimately enabling far more devices to access data at the same time. So, whatever you are able to do with your smartphone or tablet right now, you’ll be able to do much faster over 5G.
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