On 5th July, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his opening address at the inaugural 4IRSA (fourth industrial revolution, South Africa) digital summit via hologram. It was one of the first-ever live holographic broadcasts of a head of state, anywhere in the world.
Now, Nokia has further reaffirmed its leadership in 4IR with another first for South Africa in the past week. At the Vodacom Durban July horse racing event, the carrier showed off Africa's first live 5G data session using Nokia's AirScale 5G radio network solution. Vodacom demonstrated the first hologram carried over a commercially-ready 5G network in Africa, streaming live karaoke performances of guests at the Vodacom paddock.
The possibilities of this technology far outstrip enjoying live performances or making the most of a politician's time according to Nokia. Its implementation in the education, healthcare, industrial and commercial sector could prove beneficial especially in parts of the world that are sparsely populated or where physical infrastructure is limited.
The main enabler for the 4th Industrial Revolution is clearly 5G. In lieu of this, it is important that organizations quickly grasp the importance of developing the right use cases for the network and understand how to employ it to improve the well-being and livelihood of communities worldwide. Nokia is committed to bring its global 5G leadership to South Africa to contribute to the country's social and economic development.
Future plans for the implementation of 5G in the entire African continent is also in the pipeline.