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5G to improve connectivity, enable new technologies in SA’s urban centres

The high costs of both acquiring 5G spectrum and laying down 5G infrastructure means that immediate huge declines in call or data costs often being mentioned in public circles are unlikely. On the other hand though, the availability of this high capacity, low latency wireless connectivity in South Africa's major urban centres has the potential to open up the possibility of new and exciting technologies in a variety of sectors. 5G in South Africa is still at an early stage, and its wider deployment faces several challenges. While the shorter wavelength of 5G signals means that it can carry more data, it also means that the range is much shorter than that of 4G. Operators will therefore have to spend more money on additional base stations - not only for the initial cost of the equipment, but also to power the

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