Interview: Qualcomm VP for Sub-Saharan Africa on Creating Stable 4G

Every time you snap, shop, navigate, stream, download, store something or even just talk, you’ve got the power of Qualcomm technology to thank.

Interview: Qualcomm VP for Sub-Saharan Africa on Creating Stable 4G

In this special edition of Talk IoT podcast, Goo Goo Lourie sits down with VP for Sub-Saharan Africa at Qualcomm, James Munn, and Director of Technical Marketing at Qualcomm, Simone Severini, to talk about how in South Africa we need to first create a sustainable 4G network before we take the leap to 5G.

Ericsson’s 2017 mobility report released last month predicts that there will be more than half a billion 5G subscriptions around the world in 2022

In the podcast, Munn and Severini argue that in order for 5G to work in Africa, we have to have a solid 4G network as a solid foundation because one does not replace the other.

They are completely complementary to each other. We have to get 4G right.

That said, Vodacom and MTN are planning trials for 5G.

MTN has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to collaborate on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa, one of the first in Africa.

Nokia will use its innovative technology to support Vodacom’s objective of being the first to launch 5G in South Africa.

Vodacom and Nokia have sign agreement to jointly conduct lab and network trials of new services and business cases using Nokia 5G technology.

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