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5G Phones will only make up a fraction of worldwide smartphone shipments in 2019

No need to start saving up for the new Samsung S10 5G just yet. Because as we know, early 5G smartphone models are expensive and available in limited volumes.

Rain and Huawei to offer 5G in South Africa in September

Data-only network Rain has announced it's going to start offering 5G commercial services in South Africa in September 2019.

5G: what will it offer and why does it matter?

Never in the history of the mobile phone has there been so much hype about a new technology ahead of its launch than there is with 5G. It seems that the mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers and equipment vendors are locked into a massive global game of one-upmanship, seeking to claim to be the first to achieve something groundbreaking with the technology. But the stakes are high – the mob...[Read More]

When to expect the first 5G-enabled devices in South Africa

Before you get too excited, it’s safe to say that 5G is still quite a way off for South Africa. The problem is two fold. First, in order to roll out commercial 5G services mobile network operators need access to the radio frequency spectrum 5G requires. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is responsible for making that happen, but is bogged down in arguments about how ...[Read More]

Huawei’s first 5G-supporting handsets will hit the market in 2019

We all know that 5G, the successor to current mobile internet technology 4G, is on its way. The tech, or an early version of it, was in testing in Japan as far back as 2014 and it’s getting ever closer to launch. So close, in fact, that Huawei is going to be launching its first 5G-capable smartphone in 2019. That’s the word according to the company’s Western European Consumer Bus...[Read More]

MTN demonstrates the possibilities of 5G with a drifting car

MTN gave a nail-biting demonstration at the Gerotek race track yesterday of the possibilities of 5G in the real world. In case you haven’t been paying attention, 5G is the next evolution in mobile data. We had 2G, then 3G, then 4G/LTE (though this one was a bit contentious, with the two becoming synonymous, even though LTE didn’t necessarily achieve textbook 4G speeds) and now we have ...[Read More]

What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained

Every decade or so, the wireless industry rolls out a new cellular communications standard that can transmit more data more quickly. Already under development is the next round, called “5G” because it’s the fifth major generation of these standards for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves. The first generation, retroactively called 1G, was a fully analog system for transmitting voice. I...[Read More]

Mobile World Congress 2018: 3D selfies, super slo mo video and 4G for the moon

The biggest mobile showcase of the year – the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – wrapped up in Barcelona yesterday, where some 2,300 exhibitors revealed their latest products and technologies. Hardware manufacturers, such as Samsung and Google, showcased new smartphones, apps and features. While the conference arm of MWC brought experts together to discuss how enterprise solutions in networking, messag...[Read More]

Marketers claim 5G will support the Internet of Things but is that really a thing?

A major focus of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week was around advances in implementing 5G, the version of mobile wireless networks that will replace the current 4G. In a nutshell, 5G will bring massive improvements in data rates with speeds up to 10 Gbps meaning that an HD movie will download in seconds. It will also reduce the amount (in technical terms, the “latency”) of time info...[Read More]

4G? So passé — Japan’s already starting 5G trials

Ready for next-generation cellular data speeds? It won’t be anytime soon, but Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO has recruited international phone makers to begin 5G trials. DOCOMO today announced plans to kick off experimental trials in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and it’ll do so in tandem with six worldwide device manufacturers: Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, and Alcatel-Lucent. Ju...[Read More]

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