On the road to 5G to support Africa’s digital agenda

10 June 2022

Robert Shepherd sat down with Nicolas Blixell, vice president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa to talk all

Is the progress Africa has made with 5G so far good enough?
Africa is home to over a billion people, and it is also a continent with the most growing economies. ICT is essential for the region’s development, and adequate ICT service deployment and digital connectivity will play a crucial role in achieving economic sustainability in the continent. We believe that ICT is the catalyst for digital transformation, with mobile networks being the crucial ingredient in increasing Africa’s economic competitiveness in the global arena.

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Protecting NGO staff with tracking and communications

13 May 2022

By James Trevelyan, senior vice president, enterprise and emerging markets at Speedcast

Working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can be dangerous. Charities operating across Africa dedicate themselves to saving lives and supporting communities, often amidst conflict zones, famines and epidemics. Despite travel restrictions brought about by the pandemic, 484 aid workers were victims of major attacks in 2020, according to a 2021 Humanitarian Outcomes report.

For volunteers to do their jobs effectively and safely, they need access to a reliable communications infrastructure. However, this is not always easy when charities are working in locations that are often beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. From satellite phones and cellular connections to emergency vehicle and personnel tracking, staying connected is critical for the safety of personnel. A satellite connection that enables communications and real-time Internet of Things (IoT) data transfer when in a rural or disaster-stricken area is key to making sure staff and people on the ground remain informed.

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Making waves to rural’s benefit

11 May 2022

Francis Létourneau, CEO NuRAN Wireless

Francis Létourneau, CEO NuRAN Wireless

”You need a service that only costs the user a few dollars a month and is functional where there is no electrical infrastructure in most cases.”

For over two decades, many have tried bringing connectivity to the rural communities, and many promises remain unfulfilled. The digital status quo remains, and there's little to no progress in this area. Until now! NuRAN Wireless, the new kid in town is making waves, radio waves, to change the face of rural connectivity and here’s the story of how they started succeeding.

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25 years… and counting

11 May 2022

Martin Jarrold, chief of international
programme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international
programme development, GVF

As I sit to write this column more than one-twelfth of 2022 has already become history. The year is a significant one for GVF as it is the organisation’s Silver Anniversary, and we are celebrating a quarter century as the only global trade association representing the entire satellite ecosystem. We have tweaked our logo design to point-out this anniversary milestone, launched a new version of our membership newsletter – now called GVF FOCUS – and resumed our acclaimed Webinar Series, as well as launching an industry-wide marketing group called #GenSpace.

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