POTRAZ Marks a Roadmap To 5G in Zimbabwe, A Good Dream …

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Is Zimbabwe Ready?

Speaking during an ICT Parliamentary Portfolio Committee in Kadoma last week, Engineer Baxton Sirewu who is the Potraz’s Director  Services said a roadmap to intercept 5G broadband technology is already in place.

This expedite move by Potraz on 5G broadband we believe it’sreally dream of us to go that far now, looking at what our local Mobile Network Operator, (Telecel, Netone and Econet).

The global standards 4G LTE is 10 times faster than 3G able to handle download speeds between 5 and 12 Mbps (Megabits per second) and upload speeds between 2 and 5 Mbps, with peak download speeds approaching 50Mbps.

Our team did a speed test yesterday around 17:00hrs, we experienced very low speed from our local MNO, the best score was from Netonewith 20Mbps, Telecel and Econet totalled a 310kps, 6.3Mbps respectively.

Also, from the last released report by the regulator, Q2-2018, the reported showed Zimbabwean Mobile Network operator haven’t fully built 4Gbase stations and the Long-term evolution network is still only being accessible in town.

Rob Shuter, MTN’s chief executive told Reuters at a telecoms conference in Durban that, “This is the technology that would be used for very specific cases. It would not be a technology for everybody because most people don’t need it, your phone works fine on just 3G,”

We totally agree with Rob, most Zimbabwean users mainly use their internet for Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter, according to a report fromPotraz more than 50% of internet usage is derived from those Social Media Platiforms, Zimbabwe does not need 4G.

The regulator and the Zim-Govt should come up with standards, policies which will force MNO to provide global standard bandwidth especially to state-owned operators. Taking a closer look to Telecel, the state-owned MNO up to date has only 1 4G base station in the country.

 “Africa is not ready for next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in about five years from now.” Noted Rob Shuter.

While speaking to a local Network Engineer, he said, “even 4G network, not all users who own smartphones that support the network (4G/LTE) type they are running on 2.5, 3G.”

Well, 5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the normal.

5G networks are expected to launch across the world by 2020, working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide speedier connections that stay online no matter where you are, can Zimbabwe achieve this within 2 years?


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