Two companies in the country's tiny capital Maseru are now using one of the world's first commercial 5G networks on the long-awaited 3.5 GHz spectrum.
The network in Lesotho, set up by local Vodafone affiliate Vodacom, delivers speeds of up to 700 megabits per second, and could in the future provide safe technology for driverless cars. “
” With 5G, “and” It is a bit of a testbed for us, “Andries Delport, Vodacom's chief technology officer, said on Sept. 7 after the service was launched.
” With 5G , it is transformative, it is transformative, it is transformative, it is transformative … it can be started talking about the driverless cars, and robots and machines in factories, “he said.
” I can tell you, the Lesotho people are super-p roud of this. “
Just 530 employees at the head offices of the Central Bank of Lesotho and the Letseng Diamond Mining Company in Maseru currently enjoy the 5G speeds, but Vodacom plans to extend the scheme.
The Lesotho network, which is the first in Africa, could mean that consumers could not afford the need for expensive fiber cabling, instead of “leap-frogging” to the new higher speeds.
Other commercial networks have been set up in Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the race to bring 5G, meaning “Fifth Generation”, to customers.
Lesotho, which is entirely surrounded by South Africa, has a population of just 2.2 million.
Vodacom said it chose the 3.5 GHz spectrum that has not enough power. yet was alloted in South Africa and many other countries. – AFP Relaxnews