Over 240 university students benefitted from 6 days of online Huawei 5G training as part of the firm’s broader efforts to prepare the country to take advantage of this new transformative technology.
As a leader in 5G, Huawei identified a need to create a course to give students in Kenya the tools to understand and navigate this technology.
Some of the topics covered included 5G architecture, different deployment scenarios, the application uses, and challenges targeting. This was conducted by Huawei global specialist Ding Yajie.
The students conducted a 2-hour interactive course, 90 minutes of lectures, and 30 minutes of Q&A each day with a different group.
The course assisted the students in understanding 5G technology, from the perspective of technology, standards, regulation, policy, economy, society and environment. The courses were conducted in two parts 5G Technology and Trends; and 5G Use Cases and Business Models.
“Training the group of University students from Kenya this week has been a pleasure, they have been thoroughly engaged and eager to delve deeply into the understanding of 5G, ” Trainer Ding Yajie observed.
“The Huawei 5G Training was a really great course and presented by Ding Yajie in an enthusiastic way. The course helped to compound the knowledge I have about networking in general and in wireless technology. The videos used in the training really made it interesting and gave the training a better look and understanding, in that, for example, when talking about intelligent connected cars, it is one thing to just have some slides on the same but it’s on a whole new level having a video demonstrating how the same can be done and helps to kind of visualize the same,” said Evans Kiprotich a 3rd-year BSc. Telecommunications and Engineering student at JKUAT.
Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi a third-year BSc. Telecommunications and Engineering student at JKUAT benefited from the specialized training said. “As far as I was concerned, I only knew 5G as the next level after the LTE with no further details. The models and statistics illustrating the comparison of 5G with LTE (4G) and 3G put into perspective just how the 5G platform is superior and stronger. Now that I have the facts on 5G, I must say, I am quite eager to use it and explore more.”
Samuel Kinuthia Head Centre for Professional Certifications at Zetech University noted: “Some of the benefits of 5G to institutions of higher learning will be; Immersive Lessons with AR and VR, smart classrooms, the assistance of students with special needs, flexible learning, among others. Students will learn from the experts in the industry and this will broaden their knowledge and skills and prepare them for their future careers. 5G course is recommended to IT students eager to learn new and emerging trends in 5G technology.”
Dr. Michael W. Kimwele, Director School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) expressed his gratitude, stating: “We are grateful to Huawei for giving our students an opportunity to undertake the Huawei 5G training. This goes a long way in sharpening their skills and making them competitive. They should be able to create solutions, in addition to becoming Huawei ambassadors.”
Many countries and economic blocks around the world have already launched 5G strategies and plans that have identified how important 5G will be to their economies in both creating jobs and creating economic output.
They have found that 5G has the ability to rapidly roll-out high-speed connectivity for homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals; it enables step-changes in industrial productivity in sectors such as manufacturing and transport; it creates opportunities for entirely new business models and services in industries such as tourism, entertainment, gaming and broadcasting; and it does all this with lower carbon emissions per MB of data.
This year has seen 5G rolled out in over 80 networks globally reaching 70 million subscribers already, twice as fast as 4G achieved. 5G is able to handle many more connections at faster speeds, and more securely. As with most new technologies, there is a lot of excitement about its capabilities and how it can help with Kenya’s economic and social development once it gets rolled out here.