5G Networks Will Power Real Time Gaming, Robotics and Sports In The 21st Century

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It took a little under a century from when the first two-way reciprocal telephone call made on October 9th 1876 to the first handheld cellular phone call made on April 3, 1973. In less than half that time, we have powered forward from a single handset in a single cell to a global network of interconnectivity.
Real time voice and visual communication over the Internet and interconnected digital networks are the beating heart of a 24/7 connected world.
4G and the mobile Internet
The fourth generation – 4G – mobile communications standard has powered the take up of the mobile web, something which the early innovators in communications could not have envisaged in their wildest dreams. It has made real time web browsing, video calling, on-demand video streaming and interactive gaming common place. However, there is still latency, even with 4G services. As we begin to enter the era of 5G and rapid rollout, just how will this impact our world?
Faster response – zero latency
With billions of smart devices, computers, laptops and Internet enabled TV sets, the current system would eventually grind to a snail’s pace or worse – lock up completely. Combined with cloud gaming which places demand on bandwidth, increasing latency as a result of reduced bandwidth availability, would have a detrimental effect on all these services. With increasing numbers of users and devices, so comes with it the increased demand on network capacity. The emerging 5G networks will:
Exponentially increase network capacity
Deliver faster more reliable connections
Reduce latency
Open up new opportunities for business
These tech advancements will enable a new generation of apps, will pave the way for new services and open up opportunities for business and commerce hitherto unseen. So which industries and sectors will benefit?
Online betting and gaming
Just about every business and industry sector will benefit from 5G introduction. Faster networks which are able to handle vast amounts of data in real time will enable online gaming companies such as NetBet Nigeria to offer more intuitive, real time betting opportunities without any of the current latency. No delays and a better service for clients will deliver improved revenue streams and reduced costs.
Cloud gaming platforms such as Shadow, GeForce Now and Vortex will be able to deliver more realistic game immersion experiences as a result of exponential reductions in potential network latency issues. No longer will games judder or freeze or users experience poor sound or image quality as a result of bandwidth issues.
Autonomous vehicles
Autonomous vehicles – driverless vehicles – will become commonplace. Automatic vehicle navigation without the need for a driver is currently clunky and not 100% reliable, as this report in The Guardian refers to, when  an Uber autonomous vehicles killed a woman when she was crossing an Arizona street.
However, as 5G rollout continues, the accuracy of on-board tech will improve exponentially; Uber, Lyft, and Waymo are at the forefront of autonomous vehicle testing at the time of writing. Legacy car companies such as BMW, Honda and Ford are spending billions in research, development and testing – watch the space.
Business investment
It is quite possible that business investment will be driven by key decisions being made from the wealth of real time data which they receive. This will pave the way for innovation and cost savings in industries such as agriculture, farming, retail and manufacturing. This will in turn pave the way for better customer experience and more stabilised long term growth.
Virtual reality and AI
Who’s to say where virtual reality will take us. Perhaps sports fans will be able to sit in their own home yet experience the game and the atmosphere as if they were at the stadium. Perhaps holidays to some far away exotic destination will be experienced by way of a virtual reality landscape viewed from your own home. Maybe something as mundane as viewing a house by way of virtual reality will become the new normal.
The rapid expansion in the use of AI in industry is gathering pace. AI is in use in limited form in global markets predicting price movements of stocks and commodities. The Google search algorithm snoops on our online activity, gathering data about us all which it uses to generate increased revenue from more targeted advertising.
However it pans out, 5G is going to revolutionise the way in which we communicate and interact at all levels of society. It will change our perceptions of the world we live in, just as those early innovators changed the world with the inventions of the telegraph, telephone, radio and TV all those years ago.
 
 

Fish farmers appeal to FG for special movement permit amidst lockdown

To curb losses in the fish farming value chain, the Catfish and Allied Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFFAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to grant farmers special movement permit to move fish and its products from various fish farms to areas of need within Nigeria.
Mr Rotimi Oloye, the CAFFAN National President stated recently that due to restriction of movement of persons to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the country, its members now have difficulties accessing their farms across the nation.
He noted that the farmers mostly affected were those close to border towns as they are denied passage by security operatives on the roads. He said: “This is adding to cost of production that is already on the high side due to cost of exchange of naira to dollars used in importing more than 70 per cent of our inputs like fish meal, hormones and other additives like lysine, methionine. This situation can make farmers to abandon farming thereby leading to threats of food insecurity. As everyone is well aware, unless properly processed and preserved, fish has a very short shelf-life value.”
He added that the continuous restriction on the movement of fish farmers would eventually affect players in the fish value chain. He said: “The inability of fish farmers to have access to their farms would have a multiplier effect across the fish value chain. Without access to our farms, we won’t be able to purchase fish fingerlings. We won’t also be able to purchase fish feeds, which will have an impact on their sales and the business. Those whom we sell fish to will also not be able to purchase this very important source of protein and nutrient. It could potentially lead to loss of employment while people who have shown interest in investing in the fish farming may lose interest.”
Furthermore, Oloye also advised the federal government to include processed homegrown catfish to the palliatives being shared to people, emphasising that fish and fishery products were nutritional foods because they contained adequate nutrients necessary to boost human body cells and immune system.

Five Nigerians test positive for coronavirus in China

It has been confirmed that Five Nigerians have tested positive for coronavirus in China, according to Dailymail.co.uk report.
Four of them had recently visited the same eatery, ‘Emma Food’, multiple times, announced the Guangzhou Health Commission on Tuesday.
The restaurant owner, alongside her daughter and another child, later tested positive for the contagion.
Wuhan, the former epicentre, on Wednesday saw all travel restrictions lifted after 76 days.
Seven people who tested positive for the coronavirus have been linked to the same restaurant in China, sparking fears.
The Nigerian citizens with the infections were detected between March 28 and March 30, after screening 3,779 travellers from high-risk countries living in the city.
The coronavirus epidemic erupted in China after dozens of people suffering ‘mysterious viral pneumonia’ were linked to the same seafood market in Wuhan.
Guangzhou is situated 1,028 kilometres (638 miles) south of the former epicentre.
Yuexiu District, where the restaurant is located, has imposed strict measures in a response to the new cluster of infections, according to the press.
The new cases have raised an alarm in Guangzhou which has so far reported 466 coronavirus cases.
A total of 197 people who had close contact with the patients were isolated and tested.
The owner of Emma Food, known by her surname, Zhuang, was put under quarantine on April 1.
The owner’s daughter, aged 8, and her three-year-old playmate both were diagnosed with the deadly disease on the next day.
The Emma Food restaurant has been closed for inspection. Other restaurants in the district have been forced to shut down for 14 days, Chinese media report.
China sealed off the city of Wuhan on January 23, when it became apparent the deadly COVID-19 virus had started there.
But at 00.50am on Wednesday, trains carrying people out of the city began running, and major highways also began opening up as China’s lockdown on Wuhan was lifted.
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Lagos withdraws charges against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi

The Lagos State Government has withdrawn charges against a musician, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, and a politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi.
Naira Marley, Gbadamosi and his wife were charged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba for attending a crowded birthday party in violation of the government’s social distancing directive to check the spread of coronavirus.
They were scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday, The PUNCH reports.
But the government, according to one of the defence counsel, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), withdrew the four counts filed against the three defendants.
It was Reported earlie that policemen barred journalists from the court premises.
At the end of the proceedings, Adegboruwa briefed journalists on what transpired in the courtroom.
He said the state withdrew the charges on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Chadian troops batter Boko Haram terrorists, Shekau consoles fighters

After an ambush by insurgents which killed over 90 of its soldiers last week, the Chadian military has eliminated dozens of Boko Haram terrorists in a retaliatory operation.
Few days after his meeting with the Commanders of Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) at Baga, the Chadian President, Idriss Deby, directed his country’s Armed Forces to embark on merciless operations in the Lake Chad axis.
In one of the videos obtained by PRNigeria, the Chadian troops were seen chanting morale-lifting songs, while firing Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) guns at the insurgents in heavy gun battles.
In another video, the troops during clearing operations were seen beating and hitting several unconscious bodies of terrorists with sticks and hefty clubs to death.
Meanwhile, the sectional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has released an audio messaging consoling the terrorists and threatening the Chadian President.
In the audio message addressed to President Deby in Hausa language, Mr Shekau warned thus: “Do not think because you have fought several secular wars in several fronts, you can fight those of us that chose to fight for the Jihad.”
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