5G in Morocco is an “essential revolutionary” technology that will redefine economic models, thus representing multiple socio-economic issues, said Thursday, the Director of Commercial Development of Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer ZTE, Charaf Eddine Alaoui.
Speaking during a webinar held under the theme “5G, challenges and issues for Morocco”, Charaf Eddine Alaoui said that 5G technology, which will bring a radical change through the definition of new economic models , represents an “enormous” economic, technological, social and security issue for operators, businesses and individuals.
To this end, it cannot be based solely on the regulatory models known to date. Its new technical characteristics can compromise regulatory objectives or conversely, the great potential of this new technology could be limited by regulation, underlined Charaf Eddine Alaoui, noting that no effort is spared to define a regulatory framework allowing to take advantage of the innovation train promised by this new technology.
“5G, which constitutes a technological breakthrough, will bring a wider range of applications with varying functional and performance requirements that will disrupt the lifestyle of users”, for his part, said the Director of LTE Magazine and Director of the company PTT (Promotion of telecoms and TICS) Morocco, Ahmed Khaouja.
The success of 5G will depend on several important prerequisites, the first of which is to ensure proper regulation of this technology and all the aspects associated with it. As a result, several major challenges lie ahead, said Khaouja, who is also an expert at the International Telecoms Union, adding that it will take time before the market fully understands the obstacles and opportunities that 5G brings. will bring.
Several challenges are to be taken up, namely the adaptation of infrastructures, the training of the required human resources, the complexity and reliability of the latency, the cost of the investments deployed. “The improvements brought by 5G do not come without investment. Most 5G equipment is not compatible with existing infrastructure, so modernizing a network involves modernizing its antennas, ”he explained.
For the Director of the Innovation Lab for Operations (ILO) program at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Benguerir, Hafid Griguer, Morocco has a special place in telecommunications in Africa being one of the most dynamic markets in Africa. the region. The deployment of 5G in Morocco will contribute to the digital transformation and the economic revolution of the country, he said. “5G represents several advantages, namely the considerable improvement in connection speed. It should allow even faster connection speeds than 4G. Another promise of 5G is reduced latency. This improvement in responsiveness offers new perspectives for users, ”argued Hafid Griguer.
Addressing the aspect of data sovereignty, he noted that the deployment of 5G, the acceleration and migration to the cloud, the development of automation and AI as well as the growing security needs highlighted the need to continue to adapt to an increasingly significant technological framework for companies, noting that data sovereignty is also a key factor influencing the competitiveness of companies.
Organized by the “Economie Entreprises Live” group, this webinar is part of a series of three web conferences entitled “5G luxury or necessity” dealing with the challenges of 5G for the Moroccan economy and society, and proposes to assess the advantages and disadvantages.