With close to half a billion mobile subscribers, Africa is still in its early stages of 5G rollout. There is a slow uptick in 5G mobile connectivity, with South Africa taking the lead through MTN and Vodacom. According to GSMA, there should be 30 million 5G connections across Subsaharan Africa by 2025. Thus far limited 5G trials have been held in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Gabon.
With the pandemic disrupting the conventional office workspace, businesses are slowly shifting to a work-from-home model. ITWeb will host its second 5G Summit 2021 on March 17th and 18th. The event will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by 5G across the continent. At the event, Professor H Sama Nwana, who is the Director at the Office of Communications, will deliver the keynote address alongside Charles C Byers, (Associate CTO at Industrial Internet Consortium).
On the 17th, Giovanni Chiarelli, the Chief Technology and Information Officer at MTN South Africa will take the audience through the telecommunication giant’s 5G roll-out strategy, launched in June last year. Part of the focus will be on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (that allows network operators to deliver both 4G and 5G in one spectrum). A panel discussion on Covid-19s impact on the 5G rollout will also be held.
On the 18th, Zoran Lazarevic, CTO at Ericsson MEA, will give his insights on what we can expect of 5G within the next 5 years.
You can register for the event here.