By Admire Moyo, ITWeb’s news editor.
Johannesburg, 21 st September 2020
Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE is preparing to capitalise on the expected growth of next-generation 5G technologies in South Africa.
This was revealed by Fu Zhen, chief technology officer of ZTE South Africa, and Fahad Nisar, technical marketing director at ZTE South Africa, in an e-mail interview with ITWeb.
While South African mobile operators have gradually started rolling out 5G networks in the big cities, ZTE believes the technology will become mainstream after 2025.
In preparation for the widespread adoption of 5G in SA, ZTE is partnering with local telcos to upgrade 4G LTE networks, which it believes will be critical in advancing the next-gen technology.
The GSM Association expects 4G connections to continue to grow for the next few years, peaking at just under 60% of global connections by 2023.
For 5G, its forecast is that it will account for a fifth (20%) of global connections by 2025.
Vendors that are positioning themselves to take advantage of the 5G growth in SA include Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia and ZTE.
This as South African telcos are taking a multi-vendor approach in their deployment of the next-generation connectivity technology.
So far, Vodacom, MTN and data-only network Rain have announced commercial 5G launches in SA.
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