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Huawei Kenya has just concluded a week-long online training on 5G for over 240 university students from around the country as part of broader efforts to prepare the country to take advantage of this new transformative technology.
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.
The technology has the ability to rapidly roll-out high-speed connectivity for homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.
This year has seen 5G rolled out in over 80 networks globally reaching 70 million subscribers already, twice as fast as 4G achieved.
The tech is able to handle many more connections at much faster speeds, and more securely.
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.
The students conducted a two-hour interactive course, 90 minutes of lectures and 30 minutes of Q&A each day with a different group.
The trainer for the course was Huawei global specialist Ding Yajie and covered topics, included 5G architecture, different deployment scenarios, application uses and challenges.
“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,” Said Evans Kiprotich, one of the students.
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,” Yajie said.
One of the students who joined the specialist training was Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi.
About the training, she said that: “The 5G Huawei Training session was a very informative and eye-opening session. As far as I was concerned, I only knew 5G as the next level after the LTE with no further details."
Huawei continues to advance online learning and training.
Earlier this month, Huawei organized an online job fair for students to take up internships and permanent jobs with the company.
“I thank our partners in the private sector, including Huawei, who have supported this and other programs such as Seeds of the Future and the Ajira Digital Program which has trained over 100,000 youths," said Principal Secretary Jerome Ochieng.