5G Network in Nigeria what it means to an Average Nigerian Citizen.4 min read


Most people are still getting acquainted with the 4G technology in Nigeria, however, soon they’ll have a new generation of high-speed wireless networks to contend with, the 5G. With the 5G network in Nigeria, one will be able to download an entire HD movie in just minutes. This post outlines in details what you need to know about 5G networks, how it works, and the advantages of the new technology.

What is 5G?
5G is a wireless high-speed internet technology that’s currently being tested in Japan, South Korea, and various European countries. It’s expected to become the next generation of mobile internet. That means faster speeds compared to the current 4G networks and potentially lower prices for customers, as well as more advanced features such as self-driving cars or virtual reality. It might interest you to know that the race is also on to get the 5G network up and running as soon as possible in the U.S.

What Are The Benefits Of 5G?
5G network in Nigeria will deliver higher speeds, lower latency, greater capacity, increased reliability, and more advanced technology than current 4G networks. It could also offer a better user experience and give you faster download speeds for gaming or streaming online content.

The speed of 5G networks will be much faster than 4G networks. The International Telecommunication Union has noted that the 5G offers the potential to provide throughputs of up to 100 Gbit/s, which is over a thousand (1000) times faster than 4G networks. But in my view, these are just numbers and not all of them might come true. One expert has even predicted that many Internet users in Africa will not be able to access 5G speeds because connections will be so slow that it won’t even be worth the hassle. However, with the 5G, I strongly believe internet speeds will be fast enough to download the entire collection of movies on Netflix in just a few minutes.

Previous Generations of Mobile Broadband
1G: The first generation of mobile broadband was launched in 1991 and provided data transfer rates of 19.2 kilobits per second (Kbps).
2G: This generation was brought into service in 1998 and increased data transmission rates to 9.6 kilobits per second (Kbps).
3G: This stage started in 2001 when data transfer speeds ranged between 384 Kbps (at the beginning) and 3 Mbps.
4G: 4G was launched in 2008 and was deemed to offer a speed of up to 10 Mbps.
5G: The new generation of mobile broadband, which is currently being developed, will have speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps).

When is 5G likely to be available?
Telecom companies are already investing not just in 5G networks but also in the infrastructure needed to make them work. The US carrier Verizon says that it will fully launch a 5G network in 2021. The company has begun testing its “pre-commercial” network in 11 cities, including Houston and Indianapolis. In addition, South Korea has promised to have the first true 5G connection up and running by the 2020 Olympics, while China is planning to have a prototype by 2021. Japan and Germany are also planning to launch the 5G network in 2021.

5G network in Nigeria will be available to all customers, but it’s unlikely that it will come cheap. We also don’t know when exactly the Nigerian Telecommunication Commission will officially embrace the implementation of the 5G in the country. Experts say that smartphones will have to be beefier in size. These devices could cost over $1,000. If your network is weak, you’ll need a new device as well as a new router and modem. And if constant updates are necessary, then you’ll have to get a new device and set it up every month or so each year.

What’s next for 5G?
If you want to get ahead of the curve, you can start preparing for 5G now. Make sure that your smartphone is compatible with upcoming technologies by checking their specifications. You can also buy software that will monitor and optimize your modem speed, such as Wi-Fi Net Speed Test.
Telecom companies are however already making a huge plan for a 5G network in Nigeria because the demand seems to be there.

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