Chinese IT giant Huawei recently announced the country’s first 5G digital cement factory project in the capital Kampala, together with Ugandan telecom operator MTN, HIMA Cement, and other cooperating partners. This is the first time 5G technology has been commercialized in the manufacturing industry in Uganda. The project builds a 5G network in a cement factory, taking advantage of the “high bandwidth, low latency, and many simultaneous connections” characteristics of 5G technology. It will transmit data in the production area in real time and use functions and applications such as edge computing and asset monitoring to significantly improve factory productivity. MTN and Huawei demonstrated the significant advantages of 5G at the presentation: 5G transmission speeds are up to 100 times faster than 4G, and data transmission delays are reduced from an average of 60 ms in 4G to 5 ms. The cooperating companies demonstrated two new scenarios for the application of 5G technology: first, the use of augmented reality (AR) technology to help with occupational health and safety and environmental training for employees. Second, 5G video monitoring applications can achieve near real-time live-streaming effects and detect factory operational problems and accident risks in real time.
Huawei supports construction of Uganda’s first 5G digital cement plant