The Last Word

10 September 2021

Halonda Denis Enock, CTO Gilat Telecom Uganda

Halonda Denis Enock, CTO Gilat Telecom Uganda

What was your big career break?
This is always a hard question to answer. All my career journeys have contributed to what I have become and where I am now.

I am a proud Ugandan and started my career at Datanet.com where I really learnt about telecoms through my hands-on work installing BTSs and CPEs. After that I spent six years at Fortis Telecom Uganda, a fast-growing ISP with my final position there being CTO. Taking on a senior management role within an overseas company was a natural progression. There were lots of opportunities available from international companies looking to start and grow their businesses in Uganda so which one to join was a key decision for me which I spent a long time making.

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Why is broadband connectivity still a problem in Africa?

06 September 2021

Lack of access to reliable and affordable electricity and other services make accelerating Africa’s broadband penetration difficult. But what are the other reasons? Robert Shepherd poses the questions

Every few months comes a new report about Africa’s broadband/internet penetration – or lack thereof. What’s more, it’s not always easy to tell which paints the most accurate picture, with figures often skewed to suit a certain narrative.

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Smart cities

Africa’s smartest cities

02 July 2021

Africa is still the planet’s most rural continent, with a mere 40% of the sub-Saharan region’s population living in cities. Even the sprawling and bustling heartlands of Cairo and Kinshasa, teeming with traffic, pollution, inadequate public services, are in their relative infancy and on the brink of a growth spurt.

In short, Africa, like any other part of the world, needs to plan for the future if it is to keep up with its predicted and expected future.

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Network monitoring

Testing the network

08 June 2021

The need for high-performance increases by the day, courtesy of IoT streaming and other demands and so must the rate of network optimisation. As far as operators are concerned, monitoring user activity (no, not snooping) and experience along with sending alerts immediately upon detecting network and service instabilities can drastically reduce the negative effect that network problems have on end-user applications.

When voice, data, video and messaging services fail to deliver the expected quality levels, network and service operations centres need to be notified instantly to take prompt action. This is particularly important in critical hotspots such as shopping malls, airports, commercial centres, train stations, highly-populated areas, key commuting routes and public transport.

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