It is this October 10, 2013 that the managing director of Sonatel group will give the go ahead for the launch of the test phase for 4G .
What is 4G ?
In telecommunications, 4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone mobile communication technology standards. It is a successor to the third generation (3G) standards. A 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband Internet access, for example to laptops with USB wireless modems, to smartphones, and to other mobile devices. Conceivable applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing, 3D television, and cloud computing. (wikipedia)
The 3G connection offered by the main operator of the country of Teranga has greatly improved during the last four months . Connection speeds beyond 600 Kbs in some areas of the capital have calmed the angry, who were denouncing potential false advertising when Orange was talking about 3G while connection speeds felt more like 2G .
Already available in several other African countries , 4G has not yet been the source of revolution that we expected it to be and some argue that instead of focusing on even higher speeds, operators should focus on better coverage of their networks and offers more accessible to the people of Africa .
When will the technology be available to the general public? Nothing is clear yet, except that this will probably be a new blow to Tigo , the 2nd mobile operator which is, after years of tension with the Senegalese government, launching 3G + next month. Stay tuned!