Today Huawei Kenya concluded 6 days of 5G training online
for over 240 university students from 13 Universities around the country including
University of Nairobi, JKUAT, Strathmore and Zetech University among others as
part of broader efforts to prepare the country to take advantage of this new
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.
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.
This year has seen 5G rolled out in over 80 networks
globally reaching 70 million subscribers already, twice as fast as 4G achieved.
5G is able to handle many more connections at much faster speeds, and more
securely. 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.
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 2 hour interactive course, 90 minutes of
lectures and 30 minutes of Q&A each day with a different group. The course
has greatly assisted the students in understanding 5G technology, from the
perspective of technology, standards, regulation, policy, economy, society and
The trainer for the course was Huawei global specialist Ding
Yajie who was able to answer many of the student’s questions as well as ask
them questions to test their understanding at the end of each session. Topics that
Mr. Ding covered 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.
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.” Said Evans Kiprotich
3rd year Bsc. Telecommunications and Engineering student at JKUAT.
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 ” Trainer Ding Yajie observed.
One of the students who joined the specialist training was Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi a 3rd year Bsc.
Telecommunications and Engineering student at JKUAT. 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. 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“.
Mr. Samuel Kinuthia Head Centre for Professional
Certifications at Zetech University noted,
“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.”
Dr. Michael W. Kimwele, Director School of Computing and
Information Technology (SCIT), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and
Technology (JKUAT) expressed his gratitude,
“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 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. The Chief guest at the Job
fair was P.S Jerome Ochieng, who thanked Huawei for enabling growth in the
sector and in creating jobs “ I thank our partners in the private sector,
including Huawei, who have supported this and other programs such as Seeds for
the Future and the Ajira Digital Program which has trained over 100,000 youths”.