Kenya University Students Get a Grasp of 5G Technology in a 6-Day Training Session


Huawei has been training students about 5G, the technology that will succeed LTE. The Kenyan branch of the Chinese corporation concluded a training of more than 240 students from 13 universities in the country, including UoN, JKUAT, Strathmore, and Zetech.

The training was part of a program that seeks to prepare Kenya to leverage the offerings of new and transformative technology.

Developed economies have already launched 5G infrastructure and strategies. The same development is being replicated in emerging markets that have realized and identified how important 5G will be in terms of job-creating and 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,” notes Huawei.

More than 80 networks in the world have already rolled out 5G. At the moment, the technology is serving more than 70 million subscribers, which is twice as fast as LTE achieved.

Simply put, 5G is just faster and handles many connections securely and at incredible speeds.

“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,” adds a statement from Huawei Kenya.

Huawei is a leader in the space and is reportedly ahead of the competition as reported earlier on. It has since identified the need to create a course to give Kenya students the tools to grasp and navigate the technology.

During the 6-day session, students went through an interactive course, listened to lectures, and engaged in a Q&A session. Among key issues that were discussed included standards, regulation, policy, economy, society, and environment.

The students were trained by Ding Yaije, a Huawei Global specialist. Ding is well versed with 5G and covered 5G architectures, deployment cases, applications, and challenges.

What they said

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.

Evans Kiprotich a 3rd year BSc. Telecommunications and Engineering student at JKUAT

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. But the session clarified a lot on the 5G deployment and evolution, as well as its application and generally how it works. With well-explained diagrams and videos to accompany it, the session was very effective. The models and statistics illustrating the comparison of 5G with LTE (4G) and 3G also really 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.

Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi a 3rd-year BSc. Telecommunications and Engineering student at JKUAT

This course was beneficial to the university students in that they were able to learn new concepts and application scenarios of 5G technology. Some of the benefits of 5G to institutions of higher learning will be; Immersive Lessons with AR and VR, smart classrooms, 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 the 5G technology

Mr. Samuel Kinuthia Head Centre for Professional Certifications at Zetech University

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. The skills gained in the training will contribute towards their professional growth both in campus and in the work environment. I expect the trainees to be good advocates of 5G technology. They should be able to create solutions, in addition to becoming Huawei ambassadors

Dr. Michael W. Kimwele, Director School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)