The euphoria and mixed feelings that followed the onboarding of 5G technology in Nigeria hit an all-time crescendo with the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic during which all sorts of conspiracy theories flew around.
Today, three years after the climax of Covid-19, Nigerians cannot concretely testify if they are either reaping the positives or the negatives of 5G technology and the hype goes on.
Typically, a network generation is a type of cellular network generally referred to by its number, starting with 1G and going all the way through 2G, 3G, and 4G to the most recently developed generation: 5G.
The G-letter descriptors identify the different stages in evolution time from the launch or rollout of the first cellular version or generation known as 1G.
So, we have:
5G as The Real Deal
The 5G technology is characterized as follows:
With these superlative performance metrics, 5G will drive innovation across every sector and industry and also transform everything, as we know it.
What does 5G mean for Nigerians? How will 5G enhance user experience (UX) in terms of cellular usage?
How can software developers describe to laymen how 5G dwarfs earlier generations in performance?
How will 5G positively transform the lives of Nigerians in ways that speak for themselves?
Theoretically, the envisaged technical capacities of 5G will drive digital economy, IoT, metaverse, cryptoverse, optimize banks' USSD transactions, enable downloading and uploading of data at killer speeds, and a lot more, but in reality, Nigerians are yet to begin savoring the 5G experience.
Moreover, from experience, the leading cellular giant in Nigeria, MTN, currently provides services layered on 2G, 3G, and 4G with 4G clearly offering the most optimum. 5G is yet to be reflected on their service bouquets.
MTN is being used here as a case study because it is the clear leader among the rest.
We can say that there exist concrete efforts by the different players and stakeholders regarding 5G license acquisition and other preambles, however, the implementation is yet to be seen.
If it is, it's not pervasive yet.
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