Egypt's Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Talaat, has announced that Huawei will run the country's first 5G network trial. The trial will be rolled out at the Cairo International Stadium during the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament.

The agreement to run the 5G trial was reached after a meeting between Egypt's Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, Huawei's vice President Li Jie, the company's regional director for North Africa, Robinson Cao, and chairperson of Huawei Egypt, Vincent Sun.

When the announcement was made, Li Jie emphasized Huawei's growing interest in Egypt's market, explaining that they are interested in providing the market what it needs and to contribute as best as possible to the promotion of development in Egypt.

What is 5G?

For a couple of years there has been some hype around 5G but very few have gone on to explain what it means for normal people. Beyond the hype, 5G has two notable characteristics, namely: a boost in speed comparable to fiber, and an improvement in latency.

Both the enhanced speed and latency of 5G could enable new servicesβ€”including some that we have not envisioned yet.

For Egypt, as Dr. Talmaat pointed out, the benefits of 5G could see the country working with Huawei on Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions.

Cover image credit: Egypt's Ministry of ICT.

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