5G and enterprise, a match made for growth

04 September 2020

Lucky La Riccia, head of digital services at Ericsson Middle East & Africa

Lucky La Riccia, head of digital services at Ericsson Middle East & Africa

Digital technologies are transforming industries worldwide. With 5G being deployed across the region, service providers increasingly recognize the new business opportunities that digital transformation of the enterprise market will bring.

However, to successfully address these opportunities and accelerate longer-term growth, they need to extend their focus from traditional revenue streams to center on digitalizing targeted industries.

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

12 June 2020

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.

Satellite has the ability to enable cellular backhaul in even the most remote corners of Africa, which is historically underserved by connectivity. By combining the rapid drop in space segment prices with sophisticated and highly capable ground equipment, the cellular backhaul landscape in Africa is changing radically – and this is all at the hands of reliable, efficient satellite connectivity.

 

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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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