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South Africa: ICASA Prepares For 5G Networks; Hosts The 5G Huddle!

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in support of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) will be hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle on the 29 to 30 May 2018 in Durban, South Africa.

 The 5G Huddle, which will be held for the first time in the Southern hemisphere, is a two-day conference with a focus on the countdown to commercial rollout of 5G technologies.

According to the Huddle's co-host, the WWRF Chairperson, Nigel Jefferies, "The demand for reliable mobile communications is growing continuously, and there is a lot of excitement about the development of standards, and trials for 5G mobile technology across the globe. It is, therefore, necessary for us, through events like 5G Huddle, to understand the opportunities that current and future mobile technologies can provide in emerging markets, the application areas, as well as ensure that emerging technologies are designed and implemented to meet the needs of people in everywhere.

ICASA’s interest in 5G technology comes from the belief that ultimately South Africans deserve this technology, which would provide much more scope, in a way that would enable automation of devices and the use of machines known as Internet of Things (IoT).

ICASA Councillor Paris Mashile said that the development of mobile and wireless networks is headed towards higher data rates and all-Internet Protocol (IP) principle. He added that year after year mobile terminals are obtaining more processing power, longer battery life and more memory on board for same applications.

Mashille concluded by saying: "It is our public service mandate to ensure that we are not left way behind as the world moves forward in embracing new technologies that will benefit consumers, business and governments. This is why we are involved in these events and discussions as we anticipate the first commercial deployment of 5G in SA in 2020."

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