Future Connectivity: Who will launch the first 5G network in Uganda?

5G in Uganda

Geek week 2015 posts

[blockquote right=”pull-left”] [/blockquote] This is like living in the wireless future of insane fast internet speeds. Imagine getting to download a 4k movie within a blink of an eye. We already have some telecoms offering high-speed 4G-LTE networks while some are still struggling to get there. But, with the brisk innovation in technology, brace yourself for 5G. We don’t expect to have the first 5G network in Uganda until after 2021 (rough estimate) but there is no harm to think ahead. So, before I get ahead of myself let me first start with explaining what 5G networks are.          

 

5G (5th generation wireless systems) also known as Tactile Internet, denotes the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. The only limitation of this technology in the resent past, is that it only works at distances of up to 100 meters.   The last tests that were done by scientists at the University of Sydney in Australia achieved wireless speeds of up to 1Tbps (1,000 Gbps), a standard that had been reserved for fifth Generation Networks (5G).  

 

Okay, lets put this in perspective, with such speeds you could download 10 movies per second.   The table below shows all the mobile carries in Uganda and the networks they support. This will be the foundation of how our Quiz Algorithm will help you predict if your current mobile network (carrier) will be the first to launch the first 5G network in Uganda. Of course there are many other factors that will be considered by the carried in our futuristic game of 5G. After internalizing the table you can go ahead an play the prediction game below.

Carrier Mobile TechnologiesNone Mobile
2G3G4G-LTECDMA WiMAX
MTN YESYESYESYESYES
Airtel UgandaYESYESNONO YES
Africell UgandaYESYESYESNONO
Uganda Telecom YESYESNOYESYES
Vodafone UgandaNONOYESNONO
Smile Communications NONOYESNONO
Smart Telecom YESYESNONOYES
In connect NONONONOYES
ItelNONONOYESNO
K2YESYESNONONO
 

  • 2G= Second Generation Networks
  • 3G= Third Generation Networks
  • 4G-LTE= Fourth Generation Networks – Long Term Evolution
  • CDMA= Code Division Multiple Access Networks
  • WiMAX= Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access Network

    Now let the games begin, take the quiz below to find out.

Will your carrier be the first to launch 5G in Uganda?

 

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