Almost every Econet and NetOne user here in Zimbabwe can now access 4G/LTE on mobile and other network compatible devices.
Remember 4G stands for 4th Generation while LTE is an acronym for Long Term Evolution. The naming of these network standards from 2G/3G/4G to LTE is based on the generation and time of inception plus the related network speeds offered by each band.
So what is next after 4G? The future of Internet of Things is exciting as the work expects LTE to give birth to another champion of all Internet speeds which is 5G.
Remember 5G stands from 5th Generation and it will be the latest Internet technology to usher in multiplied network speeds of up to 10Gbps.
The new 5G wireless technology promises super-fast network speeds and massive capacity. Businesses that require low latency and high throughput could see the advantages first.
This will see the final arrival of telemedicine across all continents since it requires high speed Internet connectivity. All mobile users will be able to download staff on the Internet in a matter of seconds.
The fifth generation of wireless technology is moving steadily toward the enterprise, as the telecom industry expects the 5G roll out to have a massive economic impact on how business is conducted across the globe.
As network operators increase their 5G testing in 2018, and standards organizations continue to hammer out 5G specifications, business customers are getting interested in what’s in 5G for them.
Although 5G wireless technology is still in development, network analysts and forward-thinking businesses are banking on the promise of faster wireless network speeds and greater capacity.
Telecommunications carriers will continue testing their 5G wireless products and 5G fixed broadband services throughout 2018 and hope to begin commercial deployments in 2019, with 5G-enabled smartphones and devices available by 2021.
Overall, widespread use of commercial mobile 5G services probably won’t arrive until 2025. Even though it’s early in the development process, enterprises can expect 5G to improve productivity and business
Currently, telecommunications carriers operate 4G networks that include LTE, LTE-Advanced and Advanced Pro. At peak 4G speeds, mobile devices can exchange data from 100 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
New 5G technology promises peak speeds up to 10 Gbps. That kind of massive improvement in speed over 4G is the key to unlocking the advantages of 5G wireless technology, Townsend said.