ICASA to introduce 5G Huddle in Durban

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is assisting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle to be held for the first time in the Southern hemisphere. The 5G Huddle will be held in Durban from 29 to 30 May 2018 at the Garden Court, Marine Parade.

The WWRF Chairperson, Nigel Jefferies, explained that the demand for mobile communications is growing rapidly, and there is a lot of excitement about the development of standards, trials and testbeds for 5G mobile technology across the world. According to Jefferies, “It is therefore important for us, through events such as the 5G Huddle, to understand the real opportunities that current and future mobile technologies can offer in new markets and application areas and ensure that emerging technologies are designed and implemented so as to meet the needs of people in every society.”

The Fifth-generation technologies will provide different new advanced features which makes it most powerful and in huge demand in the future. 5G technology will provide very high speed, high capacity, and low cost per bit, supports interactive multimedia, voice, video, internet, and other broadband services, more effective and more attractive; and ultimately the uploading and downloading speed of 5G technology is very high.

ICASA councillor Paris Mashile declared that the evolution of the mobile and wireless networks is leading towards higher data rates and all-Internet Protocol (IP) principle. Each year, mobile terminals are gaining more processing power, more memory on board, and longer battery life for the same applications.

Mashile concluded by saying, “It is our public service mandate, as a country and regulator, to ensure that we are not left behind as the world is moving forward and embracing new technologies that will benefit consumers, business and government, hence our involvement and participation in these debates and discussions as we look forward to the first commercial deployment of 5G in 2020.”