Sensor to satellite sows new IoT seeds for agriculture

14 December 2021

Alastair Williamson, CEO at Wyld Networks looks at why agriculture is turning to the IoT for help and the role of satellite comms

According to a recent UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, between 720 and 811 million people in the world went hungry in 2020. Using a different indicator that tracks year-round access to adequate food, the UN says that nearly 2.37 billion people - or 30% of the global population lacked access to adequate food in 2020 – a rise of 320 million in just one year.

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Embracing hybrid networks to serve Africa’s digital economy

08 December 2021

Fueled by a young tech savvy population Africa is the fastest growing continent on the planet and the focus of increased attention from foreign investors. As the only place with a birth rate certain to stay above replacement for a generation the continent is set to have a growing amount of young people as consumers and workers, a point not missed by its telecoms sector which has gained a reputation as a 21st century African success story.

While there’s a great deal of optimism in the region, infrastructure remains a challenge for telecom operators looking at opportunities for revenue growth. With mobile penetration at 44% the focus is on connecting the remaining 600 million+ people without mobile connections. However, in a region that covers such a vast geographic area, this challenge is no mean feat, and demands that network operators are smart in their technology choices if they’re to see a timely return on their investments. Connectivity on the continent is and should be a multi-generation affair where we utilise existing network generations, continue to upgrade to LTE, and focus on creating more agile core networks that provide seamless user experience, switching back and forth between network generations. This will drive revenue while creating a sustainable roadmap towards 5G evolution.

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Five reasons why 5G makes the difference

07 December 2021

The fifth-generation of wireless technology is paving the way for the connectivity that digital technologies increasingly require. Peter Linder, head of 5G marketing at Ericsson, shares his views on why 5G makes a difference

5G has rapidly gained mindshare in society as a vital technology. But what makes 5G different from its predecessors? We describe a set of strategic choices made for previous mobile generations of which we made a single choice. 5G makes it possible to embrace both options, unlocking larger opportunities earlier in the deployment cycle.

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‘Sub-Saharan mobile financial services use more than triples in six years’ – Ericsson report

06 December 2021

Nearly half of all consumers in sub-Saharan Africa use mobile financial services in 2021 –more than a three-fold increase in the last six years – according to a new Ericsson Consumer and Market Insight report.

Titled “Mobile Financial Services on the Rise”, the report also highlights the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mobile financial services uptake, with 54% of consumers surveyed saying that they use mobile financial services transactions more now. Some 70% are more positive towards mobile financial services as a preferred contactless alternate to cash.

The report research, conducted by Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab early this year, surveyed 3,200 consumers across six sub-Saharan African countries to assess the growth of mobile financial services in light of technology and infrastructure gains across the region, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic impact on financial behaviou

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