Changing the landscape of the cellular backhaul market in Africa and beyond

12 June 2020

As connectivity demands continue to reach unprecedented levels year on year, MNOs operating in Africa need to ensure they are ready to meet the demands of future. Semir Hassanaly from ST Engineering iDirect explains why satellite is the ideal solution to deploy this connectivity quickly and cost-effectively

The demand for data is exploding across the globe, and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are poised to become the primary way in which we connect. This is particularly the case as 5G comes to fruition, opening up new innovative use cases. To support this, and the tremendous surge in demand for data it will bring, MNOs will need the help of satellite and its inherent capabilities, especially in rural areas in continents such as Africa.

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First-time internet users in Nigeria use the internet in a unique way: Here’s why that matters

10 June 2020

Many people fuelling the rapid growth in mobile phone usage in Nigeria are not fully utilising all the content and services available to them. Sebastien Codeville, CEO, KaiOS Technologies explains what their concerns are – and how they can be overcome

Nigeria is one of the most exciting frontiers for emerging technology usage. The country, known as the “giant of Africa,” shows up in headlines calling it “Africa’s unofficial tech capital,” and “the new economy of Africa.”

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Terminal installation, qualification & testing in the field

10 June 2020

As I write this column, more than 120 of the world’s nations are experiencing the spread of the coronavirus. To state the obvious, this public health emergency is impacting on all facets of life as well, of course, as very sadly causing so many deaths.

There is evident a certain underlying irony in the consequent cancellation or postponement of trade events in the field of telecommunications. In February, MWC 2020 (Barcelona, Spain) – the Mobile World Congress – was cancelled. In March, CABSAT 2020 (Dubai, United Arab Emir- ates) – the Middle East & Africa’s leading event for content creation, production & broadcast and satellite & distribution, and within which was to be embedded the GVF SATEXPO Summit 2020 – was postponed, now to take place at the end of October. If space permitted, this list would be much longer.

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Connecting the African continent

04 June 2020

Rajant has been consolidating its position as a key supplier of wireless systems to the mining industry in sub-Saharan Africa.

For around 10 years, there have been increasing deployments in major open-pit mines, where users have experienced the resilience and reliability of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh Networks at the heart of operations. 

One of the significant developments in the last 12 months is a move towards deployment in underground mines. Wireless networks in an underground environment have historically been achieved by the use of radiating cables, or “leaky feeders”, co-axial cables with gaps in the insulation that allows some of the RF signal to “leak” out of the cable and allow communications.

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