ABN – Mobile phone maker Nokia will work with Vodacom Group to trial its 5G technology in South Africa as the former looks to become the first company to launch the high-speed data delivery service in the country.
Under a a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Nokia will share its latest 5G innovations with Vodacom, including Massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, AirScale Radio Access and end-to-end Mobile Anyhaul transport networks.
The 5G technology will not only speed up data time considerably, it will also link cars, machines, cargo and crop equipment to the internet. The companies will initially focus on delivering Ultra-HD and virtual reality video services, said Vodacom.
“As leading mobile network provider in South Africa, with the best 3G and 4G networks, it was crucial for us to partner a formidable player such as Nokia as we’re gearing ourselves for the next generation of wireless networks, 5G,” said Vodacom’s group chief technology officer Andries Delport.