5G

Making 5G pay

08 January 2020

Africa will have to wait till 2022 to be introduced to the new generation of 5G cellular mobile technology, poised to offer reliable delivery of much higher data speeds than current data networks, a theoretical 20Gbps download and 10Gbps upload along with enhanced coverage. So does that mean that 5G will stay on the back burner for Africa?

“5G rollout in Africa will be much slower than Asia and Europe,” says Kim Craven, managing director of Lifecycle Software. “There is less demand for high-speed, higher-cost bandwidth, more need for lower cost and accessible mobile services.”

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5G

The shift to 5G: innovative capabilities to extend far beyond previous generations

08 January 2020

If you visited GITEX in Dubai back in October, you would have seen first-hand just how quickly technology is moving and changing the way we live. There was a flying motorcycle and other incredible technological advances that caught the eye of visitors and global media outlets.

The Ericsson booth was, unashamedly, a tribute to 5G. From the immersive sports demo to remote operation of vehicles, VR football, telemedicine and 5G connected music, healthcare and gaming, Ericsson’s booth welcomed a sea of people excited to know more about our 5G future.

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On the network

Africa: the next big feature phone opportunity?

08 January 2020

Sebastien Codevile, CEO of KaiOS Technologies

Sebastien Codevile, CEO of KaiOS Technologies

With more than 300 million “dumb” phones in use and 800 million people still unconnected to the internet, Africa is the next frontier for smart feature phones.

But even with this vast opportunity, challenges still loom large on this magnificent continent.

 

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Towers

Third parties, towers and theft

02 January 2020

The outsourcing of tower management by operators in Western countries to third party tower companies (towercos) became something of a trend in the last decade, or even before that.

Of course, every industry embraces outsourcing in one way or another. However, most companies do it because they are either unable to or just not good enough at carrying out the job themselves.

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