5G to be or not to be?

Ericsson has started test running the 5G network on a smaller scale, in most parts of the world.

5G to be or not to be?

The influx of smartphones all over the globe has placed a high demand on networks to provide fast interconnectivity. The tech infrastructures are not spared also.

The demand for effective network services, has brought to the fore, the questions raised by tech experts on the ability of the current network infrastructure to meet the teeming population of Nigerian smartphone users.

Tech experts say though the 5G network will not be commercially viable until 2020, it is a better alternative, citing that the adoption of the  Internet Of Things concept will expose the spectrum flaw of most Internet services providers and mobile networks.

Inside sources say Ericsson, a telecom infrastructure provider, has started test running the 5G network on a smaller scale, in most parts of the world.

Ericsson’s 5G network boasts of multipoint connectivity, a concept that allows mobile device connects to more than one 5G cell site at the same time.

Experts say its unique feature, which is drop free connections for mobile and Internet of Things connection, will suit Nigeria’s growing population of smartphone users, considering also, the fact that the 5G network makes judicious use of available spectrum.

According to Mischa Dohler, chair professor of Wireless Communications and head of the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR), King’s College London, “High-speed, highly reliable mobile networks are foundational to the tactile internet and the internet of skills that it will enable. The results that are being achieved in Ericsson’s live 5G test networks -- much faster data rates, more resilient connections and squeezing capacity out of spectrum – are all critical to unleashing the new use cases that will drive 5G.”

5G it is.

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