CRAN prepares industry for the 5G connectivity in Namibia

The Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia, CRAN, acknowledge a more amiable stance towards communications and internet operators when it presented an informative workshop on the regulatory issues for the introduction of the 5th generation digital connectivity. 

At the beginning of the month, CRAN created a consequential distress in the market by forcing a disruptive commercial dispute with a single, large network provider. The30-hour blackout of all commercial systems relying on these networks caused great losses, for which2 leading service providers are pursuing their legal options to hold CRAN responsible for the damage. 

Hence, last Friday, 23 June 2017, CRAN together with LS Telecom, organised a workshop to give telecommunications service providers a foresight into 5G technology capabilities and its spectrum requirements. The workshop also provided an insight of the current trials being conducted around the world for 5G, as well as the regulatory frameworks required to allow the effective implementation of 5G technologies in Namibia.

“Namibia was elected as the supporting country to South Africa in respect of the World Radio Conference (WRC-19) agenda related to International Mobile Technology (IMT) services, which include 5G implementation and 5G spectrum related requirements. The workshop provided a platform for stakeholders to jointly craft strategies that will ensure the speedy and effective implementation of 5G in Namibia”: said Jochen Traut, Chief Technical Officer at CRAN.

Traut added that the success of 5G in Namibia is dependent on the collaboration and innovation of all telecommunications industry players. Investment in 5G will, in the long run, enable mobile application and telecommunications service providers to connect simultaneously at any time. 5G also achieves more efficient spectrum use, higher data rates, lower latency and ubiquitous connectivity. It is extremely reliable, near to universal coverage and its high-speed mobile broadband can cost-effectively support growing data traffic demand, such as video downloads, and better support low-power Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.