The Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies has collaborated with Huawei Technologies South Africa to provide 5G training to 100 final year Information Technology (IT) students at Walter Sisulu University campuses in Mthatha, Butterworth and East London.

In a statement, the department said the 5G training is designed to enable students to understand 5G protocol standardisation, key industry applications, ecosystems, network architecture and key technologies.

“It forms part of the minister’s multi-stakeholder collaboration of “Building A Capable 4IR Army” and will be rolled out at other identified institutions across the country,” the department said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday granted China’s Huawei a limited role in Britain’s future 5G mobile network.
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The inaugural Walter Sisulu University training kicks off at the Mthatha Campus on Friday and Saturday, while the combined Butterworth and East London leg will proceed on Monday and Tuesday.

Following the Mthatha training, Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will also conduct a local stakeholder engagement with the business sector, academia, media, traditional leaders and faith-based organisations, among others.

“This engagement session seeks to unpack the state of the nation address and engage on pertinent sector issues that will enable them to harness opportunities presented by emerging technologies.”