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African country says it’s ready to capitalize on 5G technology

African nation Namibia has suggested it is preparing itself to capitalize on forthcoming 5G technologies following an intensive workshop on the next-generation technology. Telecommunication providers in Namibia were given a presentation on the country's 5G capabilities and spectrum requirements. The workshop was conducted by Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and LS Telecom, which is an ICT consulting firm that specializes in engineering services and systems solutions suppliers.

Africa is continuing to focus more on embracing IT - and has engaged in a number of innovative projects and initiatives aimed at enhancing connectivity and digitalization in order to improve the lives of its citizens. At the workshop in Namibia, which was hosted in the capital city of Windhoek, an overview of current 5G trails being conducted globally was showcased, as well as the regulatory frameworks required for local 5G implementation.

Chief Operating Officer at CRAN, Jochen Traut, declared that the 5G workshop served as a platform which would ultimately enhance and encourage a collective effort in the sector towards the implementation of 5G.

Traut said: "Namibia was elected as the supporting country to South Africa in respect of the World Radio Conference (WRC-19) agenda points related to International Mobile Technology (IMT) services, which include 5G and 5G spectrum related requirements. The workshop provided a platform for stakeholders to jointly craft strategies that will ensure the speedy and effective implementation of 5G in Namibia."

World Radio Communications conferences (WRC) are typically held every three-four years in order to review and revise radio regulations. Traut pointed out that the African meetings for the forthcoming WRC-19, which were being organized by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) would commence in Nairobi next month.

Traut concluded by saying: "The success of 5G in Namibia depends on the collaboration and innovation of all telecommunication industry players. Investment in 5G will, in the long haul, enable mobile application and telecommunications service providers to connect simultaneously at any time. 5G also achieves more efficient spectrum use, lower latency and ubiquitous connectivity. It is extremely reliable, near to universal coverage and its high-speed mobile broadband can cost effectively support growing data traffic demand such as video downloads and better support low-power Internet of Things solutions."