VAST develops network tech for offloading and onboarding

08 November 2018

VAST CTO, Khetan Gajjar believes spectrum challenges are “inhibiting South Africa’s global competitiveness”.

VAST CTO, Khetan Gajjar believes spectrum challenges are “inhibiting South Africa’s global competitiveness”.

VAST has come up with two technical innovations designed to enhance networks.

In September, the South African public Wi-Fi provider claimed to have developed the continent’s first, true carrier-grade ‘offload’ network.

VAST said the technology has been designed to seamlessly move traffic off mobile or enterprise network operators and onto its secure Wi-Fi network in order to free-up spectrum.

The company added that traffic can be rerouted back on to the operator’s network, equally seamlessly.

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Vodafone Egypt launches region’s first VNF platform

09 March 2017

Having selected Ericsson as its NFV partner, Vodafone Egypt has now gone live with the first commercial virtual network function in the Middle East and North Africa.

Since October 2017, Ericsson’s virtual Serving GPRS Support Node – Mobility Management Entity (SGSN-MME) has been handling and managing commercial mobile broadband traffic on the cellco’s network.

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Ericsson expects mobile infrastructure market decline in 2017

17 January 2017

Ericsson's poor performance in 2016 led to the departure of its then CEO, Hans Vestberg.

Ericsson's poor performance in 2016 led to the departure of its then CEO, Hans Vestberg.

After last year’s dismal financial results which ultimately led to the departure of Hans Vestberg as its CEO in July, Ericsson is trying to reassure backers that it will continue to focus on accelerating its strategy execution and improve performance.

At its annual meeting of investors held in New York last November, the Swedish company said the total addressable market is expected to grow by one to three per cent in 2016-2018, despite an expected decline in the mobile infrastructure market by two to six per cent this calendar year.

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ACE connectivity extended in Guinea using microwave network

30 December 2016

Mobile operator InterCEL + is building a major wireless network that will distribute high-capacity broadband from the ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine fibre system to major urban and business regions in Guinea.

The company is using a point-to-multipoint (PMP) microwave system and has already established phase one in Conakry.

It has already rolled out a network that supports 600Mbps across many parts of the capital, and is said to be offering businesses up to a ten-fold increase in bandwidth compared to the legacy WiMAX links they had previously been limited to.

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