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3 Reasons Why Nigeria Isn’t Ready For 5G Technology In 2019

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5G technology. Everyone is hyped up about 5G technology and the crazy data speeds it would come with, even the NCC Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) approved tests for the 5G spectrum in Nigeria but the question is this – Is Nigeria Ready For 5G technology ?

 

 

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I know all the paid marketing platforms has been heating up considerably over the past few weeks, pushing out different spectacular theories on how 5G is going to change the way we work, live, and copulate.(Again, at least one of those items is my own nonsensical creation, but I’d argue that all of them are equally absurd.)

I’ll tell you this, you can safely ignore all these regardless of who or what is saying anything about it. So as an ardent lover of tech. I strongly advise you observe from a distance with a hot cup of cappuccino and box of chocolates for now without investing an ounce of your own money or mobile tech energy in the effort.

 

Let’s get to the reasons

 

5G Technology Is A Short Range Network Spectrum And Very Limited

 

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If you remember clearly 4G only started functioning in Nigeria around 2015-2016 when it was available in other parts of the world for years. It was like a dream come true before it dawned on us that we have one of the slowest 4G speeds in the world. Globacom even had to put their bandwidth on one that isn’t available on most devices to make sure their 4G doesn’t slow down as much as their 2G masked as 3G.

No matter how much our network providers might hype it, 5G is going to be extraordinarily limited in real-world application in Nigeria right now in 2019 unless it’s limitations are actually fixed before launch in Nigeria

Unlike 4G that signals can be received from over 30 miles, 5G cannot go more than a mile and if you’re in a building it’s very likely the speeds would drop drastically. For 5G to work in Nigeria their needs to be multiple network towers and the only logical way to have that is to fix them on electricity poles just like Verizon is doing in the United States but this is Nigeria, there’s an adept lack of maintenance culture.

I can’t count the number of things that could go horribly wrong here if those towers are mounted on electric poles, be my guest and help out with a list.

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Also the nature of these new 5G towers is raising fresh concerns over cancer risks, We don’t have a functional health care system here. So until there’s assurance from network providers and it is verified that it’s safe for use, those towers shouldn’t be mounted 3m close to anybody’s house

 

5G Network is Horribly Expensive 

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You know how data finishes extremely quickly on 4G especially on MTN, on 5G you can finish your data bundle within 30 seconds, ignoring all the limitations.

Network providers are willing to do anything to make more money, who wouldn’t anyway… 5G technology just happens to be a perfect way to charge customers more money something I know won’t go down well with many Nigerians.

The phones that support 5G don’t come cheap either. Samsung’s 5G S10 variant costs almost  $1000. Keeping 5G services a premium service that’s not going to be available for everyone unless we end up getting affordable phones from brands like Xiaomi that support 5G.

 

Possible Lack Of Cross Carrier Compatibility

I’m talking about this with information based on countries that already have 5G being tested. Now unlike  3G or 4G that have bands supported by a wide range of smartphones. 5G isn’t going to give us that luxury. We know our network providers go mad once in a while and we can easily switch to another SIM easily but 5G might just make us change that. Carriers in the United States are adopting their own personal 5G standards and I believe other networks in the world might do the same.

Unless there’s a certain 5G standard each network provider here would use. You would end up stuck with a device that supports only one network’s 5G band.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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  1. Polycarp Atalor

    September 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Am still wondering why Nigeria is yet to tell herself the truth about this 5G thing. 4G LTE is not even everywhere yet, I really will appreciate Nigeria being Nigeria. No forming of any sort, not trying to be America, just grow at your pace. That is the only way I feel really growth can begin

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Vivo announces Exynos processor smartphone with 5G connection up to 3.55Gbps

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Vivo presented today during an event in China, its new smartphone Vivo X30. This smartphone stands out thanks to the presence of the Exynos 980 processor, the first to support dual-mode 5G (SA / NSA). Support for both 5G ‘bands’ will allow you to achieve better performance with regard to mobile internet speed and stability.

In fact, the manufacturer promises impressive performance at speeds up to 3.55Gbps using 5G networks. As for the choice of the Exynos 980 processor, they had little choice, as this is the only chip in production that supports dual-mode 5G.

Unfortunately, during the announcement of the Vivo X30, the manufacturer did not disclose any further information about its specifications. It was just revealed that it will be marketed during December in China. They have also confirmed that it will reach several European markets that already have a stable 5G network.

Alleged Vivo X30 Specifications

Even though official information about the specifications of the Vivo X30 has not been revealed, there are already several leaks and rumors about this smartphone. So we already have a good idea of ​​what you can offer users.

The Vivo X30 should come with a 6.5 “inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and built-in fingerprint reader. The Exynos 980 processor will be supported by up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory.

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In the photographic segment, this smartphone will not disappoint either. It is believed that it will have a total of four cameras on its rear panel: 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP. Dedicated to selfies, will be a 32MP front camera.

It was also revealed that it will have a generous 4,500mAh battery with support for charging at 30W / 22.5W.

Despite being a mid-range smartphone (thanks to its processor), the Vivo X30 should have quite impressive specifications. As for its price, it is believed to be between € 410 and € 460.

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Tesla cars can now “see” cones on the road

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Tesla cars are among the most technologically advanced cars on the market. So whenever something new comes out for your cars it is normal to look in some wonder.

After Smart Summon, which brings the car to you at the touch of a button on the smartphone, Tesla has decided to upgrade its system so that the car can see the cones on the road.

A small incident caused by roadside cones that Tesla did not detect

This video went viral a few months ago because of the autopilot’s ineffectiveness in detecting the cones on the road. In this case, Tesla picked some cones but nothing serious to report.

The new update has been requested all over the world and is now starting to reach all vehicles with autopilot.

The new update begins to reach all Tesla cars

I believe it is important to note that Tesla cars already detected cones on the road, but did not give us a visual representation on the screen. With the new update, this already happens.

Still, in the update, Tesla informs drivers to keep a close eye on the road. Even if they have autopilot on.

Read in update ” Driving view now displays traffic cones. In cases where a traffic cone is detected and autopilot navigation is enabled (requires full auto-steering capability). As always, you are responsible your vehicle and should pay attention at all times . ”

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