- The Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joe Anokye, announced Ghana's plans to adopt 5G wireless data communication for mobile carriers
- Anokye stated that there is a need for policies and considerations to ensure fair distribution of 5G capabilities among entities
- The NCA boss said his outfit is committed to enhancing internet infrastructure, including Wi-Fi services and additional submarine cable providers
The Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joe Anokye, has announced plans for Ghana to adopt 5G wireless data communication for mobile carriers.
He disclosed that the required spectrum is available in Ghana.
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Responding to a question about when Ghana would connect to 5G, he did not give a specific date. Instead, he stressed the importance of enhancing local internet services for widespread access, mentioning the need for Wi-Fi services and fibre optic connections.
5G internet connectivity is an upgrade of 4G and is significantly faster. Although Ghana is ranked among countries with the fastest internet speeds, the 5G will deliver up to 20 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) peak data rates and 100+ Megabits-per-second (Mbps) average data rates.
5G has more capacity than 4G and is designed to support a 100x increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency. 5G has lower latency than 4G.
Anokye also discussed NCA's efforts to license additional submarine cable providers to address internet traffic challenges.
Commending KNUST's technological evolution, he acknowledged the institution's resilience and collaborative spirit in advancing technology and overcoming past challenges.
In the era of disruptive technologies, Anokye underscored the critical role of educational institutions in adapting to changes and addressing challenges posed by technology's rapid evolution.
Ghana ranked among the countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world
A survey by Cable.co.uk revealed that Ghana has the cheapest cost of mobile data in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Israel leads the pack for the cheapest mobile data, according to the survey results from the telecommunications company.
Nokia to cut up to 14,000 jobs as 5G demand slows
YEN.com.gh reported in a separate story that Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark said last month that the Finnish telecom group was hit by "macroeconomic challenges."
The telecom giant said it would cut up to 14,000 jobs as profits fell on weakening demand for its 5G equipment in North America.
The announcement adds to a series of layoffs in the tech industry following a boom during COVID pandemic lockdowns.
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