We are here in Nigeria struggling with epileptic 3G services on our GSM network carriers. Where I reside, only two of the carriers offer 3G services. They are Airtel Nig., and Globacom Nig. MTN and Etisalat are yet to show us they mean business these part of the country.
The 3G services offered by these two networks might sound interesting until you realize that you rarely get a download speed greater than 100kbps. Even at that, the services fluctuate so bad you are hardly able to get any serious work done on them. One second you are downloading at about 100kbps and the next second, you are down to 5kbps or even zero only for the network to pick up after about ten minutes later. So much for our carriers in this part of the world.
The story is completely different in developed world where things work as they should. Some countries in Europe are already trying out 4G on their networks. There are companies that are carrying out research into 5G with some amount of success. Samsung, the electronic manufacturing giant from Korea is one such company. They claim to have achieved a whopping 1Gbps speed using 5G. They further claim that 10Gbps speed is attainable.
Here is an article from jailbreakmodo.com detailing advances made by Samsung and one other company.
4G is relatively new and many consumers are still trying it out. Some places don’t even have access to 3G yet; however, it would appear that many manufacturers are already looking at 5G. Mobile data is an important part of the way we live these days and the ability to get information as quickly as possible is vital to many, especially those in business. Samsung are one company who are looking into and testing 5G data speeds and they have now announced that their testing has managed to achieve an impressive download speed of 1 Gbps, with higher speeds potentially reachable.
They carried out their testing using no less than 64 antenna elements and 28 GHz wave band and are now claiming that they could reach speeds of up to 10Gbps. To put these speeds in perspective, the current maximum, in theory, that can be expected from 4G is around 75Mbps, and, to some, that’s quite fast.
Samsung are not alone in their tests. NTT DoCoMo have already started their own tests, claiming that, by using a 400 MHz spectrum and a car load of antennas they managed to achieve that 10Gbps speed.
…………….Samsung say that they don’t expect to be able to provide for 5G until at least 2020, which is when the EU commission have stated they want 5G ready as well………
Measuring development in telecommunications in a country by the data speed yardstick, where do we stand as a nation?
What are the things we are getting wrong and how can we make amends?
What are the challenges facing us and preventing us from getting smooth working stable networks?
Your comments and suggestions might make a difference.