eLTE firsts for Africa

15 February 2017

Algeria's Houari Boumediene Airport handles 10 m passengers each year, but the government is building a new terminal to increase capacity 14m.

Algeria's Houari Boumediene Airport handles 10 million passengers each year, but the government is building a new terminal to increase capacity 14 million.

Huawei has claimed a couple of firsts for Africa using its eLTE system.

It says this is the first LTE broadband trunking solution to provide voice and video dispatching, and claims it “greatly increases” the efficiency of an emergency or control centre.

The company says its eLTE systems are based on advanced wireless broadband technology, and provide 100Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink throughput.

As a result, it says a single network can support multimedia trunking, voice and video scheduling, high-definition video surveillance, ultra-remote data acquisition, and mobile office services. Other features include a compact core network, distributed base stations, and terminal devices that can be used in harsh outdoor environments.

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Free Wi-Fi on South African buses

15 February 2017

A bus in Algoa Bay, South Africa equipped with free on-board Wi-Fi.

The Algoa Bus Company in South Africa has equipped its buses with free on-board Wi-Fi.

Whether sourced via LAN, Wi-Fi or mobile, no one can reach the internet without data.

But, as South Africa-based RF specialist Otto Wireless Solutions points out, the paradox is that companies who supply data need to make profits from their sales, while consumers using that data to reach the internet want them for free.

That results in two forces moving in opposite directions, says the firm.

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