- South Africa will be the first country in Africa to get 5G
- Liquid Telecom is set to lead the way in building 5G infrastructure in the country.
- The advent of 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, flying taxis, and self-driving cars will become much more plausible
5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology for digital cellular networks has been a major topic for discussion in 2019. Some countries have already started deploying the technology while other nations are yet to find a way of catching up to the early birds.
5G promises to revolutionize industries and help grow economies by a large margin. With the advent of 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, flying taxis, and self-driving cars will become much more plausible as the network speeds offered by 5G can allow for almost instantaneous communication with minimal latency.
South African network provider Liquid telecom, is set to lead the way in building 5G infrastructure in the country. This move makes South Africa the first African country to go live with 5G while Liquid telecom becomes the first South African network provider to make 5G available to its customers.
According to Nic Rudnick, Liquid telecom CEO, 5G will launch in all major South African cities in early 2020. This move will give Liquid telecom an advantage over its competitors as it benefits from the first-mover advantage. Early adopters of the technology get to create a stable working relationship with the service provider which they may not be willing to break even if a new provider enters the market.
Liquid Telecom has been aggressive in bringing world-class technologies to the South African market, and by extension to the Southern African market. Another notable deal is a partnership they entered with Microsoft to bring Azure cloud services and office 365 to South Africa. Marrying 5G capability to the cloud services will provide their customers with an unmatched level of efficiency and productivity.