A fight is brewing over South Africa's 5G "golden band"

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A fight is brewing over South Africa's 5G "golden band"

Spectrum allocation for new wireless technologies has always progressed slowly in South Africa, but this has not stopped local networks from competing fiercely over resources.

The government’s ineptitude in enabling digital migration has held the local telecommunications industry back for years, but there have been some small steps in granting local mobile networks additional spectrum. [Bloomberg]
 

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Still say more spectrum should go to the operators doing the most to make data affordable. MTN and Voda didn't react until they were forced to. Also about time we get rid of this ridiculous notion of spectrum for a purpose.
 

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Except that real 5G doesn't exist yet. Just and interim technology called 5G NR, which is a Radio upgrade to allow 4G and 5G radios to work simultaneously. What this means is that with the right devices, you can get a speed boost by using 5G bands. But the real 5G core doesn't exist yet, and the specs are only coming out next year.
 

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Except that real 5G doesn't exist yet. Just and interim technology called 5G NR, which is a Radio upgrade to allow 4G and 5G radios to work simultaneously. What this means is that with the right devices, you can get a speed boost by using 5G bands. But the real 5G core doesn't exist yet, and the specs are only coming out next year.
Can you refer me to the source
 

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Can you refer me to the source
He's referring to the fact that IMT-2020 will only be officially finalised next year. However it's already known to all the major players who worked on it what the specs are so equipment will be compatible and there are already some deployments.

The real issue is that the sub 6GHz and +20GHz bands aren't on regulatory lists to assign as they weren't in common use before.
 

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Except that real 5G doesn't exist yet. Just and interim technology called 5G NR, which is a Radio upgrade to allow 4G and 5G radios to work simultaneously. What this means is that with the right devices, you can get a speed boost by using 5G bands. But the real 5G core doesn't exist yet, and the specs are only coming out next year.
But 5G has NSA and SA so I don't think your statement is 100% true why 3GPP could release SA standard while is not possible or real yet?
 

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No coverage.

5G (real 5G) requires infrastructure this country won't ever have. It won't happen here.
No coverage of 4G? Doubt it. Which network, and where are you based?
 

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So on LTE : If the mobile operators had access to more spectrum, the service would undoubtedly perform better - in terms of coverage, building penetration, maximum data speeds and average data speeds
 

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3GPP Release 15 is approved and is nicknamed "5G Phase 1". The radio (the NR or new radio spec) was finalised in 2017, resulting in the NSA or 'non standalone' version of 5G Phase 1, which is in widespread deployment now. The SA or 'stand alone' version, which included the core was specified in mid 2018, but early days for deployment. Both are good for fast mobile and fixed-wireless broadband.

3GPP Release 16 is the 'candidate 'release', also nickname "5G Phase 2" and intended to meet the IMT2020 performance targets. That's in development.

The additional spectrum bands in the mm wave bands are expected to be finalised in November at the ITU's world radio congress (WRC-19)
 
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I wonder if the packages will work the same as the current ones, you get Extra large packages for high demand data users, at R1799 for 100Gb per month, or uncapped at 10mbp/s download rate. Wireless internet in this country is definitely not viable yet, no matter what label they slap on the package
 
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