Journey to a digital Africa

08 October 2021

Jean-Luc Vuillemin, executive vice president, international networks, Orange examines the role of submarine cables in bringing connectivity to Africa

The global need for connectivity is continually increasing. Beyond the ability to communicate with one another, connectivity is now relied upon as the means to access education, employment, healthcare and even democracy.

This trend, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has only served to highlight the disparities between developed nations and those with less comprehensive digital infrastructure. Despite marked improvements over the last decade, development and access to digital technology remains a key challenge for Africa. There is a growing need for the ongoing investment from operators for improved reliable, secure and high-quality connectivity to contribute to the populations’ digital inclusion and help stimulate the countries’ digital economy.  And it all drills down to the infrastructure which makes this transformation possible.

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Ushering in new models, new capabilities and new challenges, by Anil Krishnan, head of Africa region at Comviva

06 October 2021

With advanced 5G deployments in the pipeline, people have many questions about 5G as a technology, its applications, and different use cases, and how is it going to impact the connected lives once it is rolled out. Well, one thing is for sure that 5G is going to be transformational. It is going to leverage the already present 4G to enable applications that are not practicable right now, especially in the cities and urban areas. Now, this sounds relevant as according to the latest report by the UN, by 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will be living in the cities. Thus, it becomes crucial to understand the concept of 5G inside-out.

What is the present status of 5G in terms of global deployments, trials, and subscribers?
Keeping in mind the latest stats shared by GSMA and Omdia Research, by 2024, 5G is going to have a major chunk of 19.3 per cent of the global market. With countries like the United States of America, China, and South Korea as the major players, 5G is going to be the fastest deployed technology ever. According to global analysts, 5G has the potential to generate around $12.3 trillion sales activity across different industry verticals while supporting around 22 million jobs by the year 2035.

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Next generation mission critical services are being defined now – it’s time to take part

04 October 2021

Chris Hogg
GCF head of 5G certification

Chris Hogg
GCF head of 5G certification

An analysis by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has revealed that the rate of adoption of 5G technology in mobile devices is significantly outpacing the rate at which 4G LTE was adopted in its early years. GCF is a non-profit, global, membership driven organisation. With more than 300 members from major operators, MVNOs, all major device and IoT manufacturers and the test industry, working together with key industry partners on certification programmes demanded by the market.

One of 5G’s cornerstones will be ultra-reliable low-latency communications, significant for mission critical use cases including semi-autonomous driving, and many more benefits are promised. Much of this improvement, the increases in performance and efficiency, and greater flexibility and variety of offerings, will be built upon the virtualisation of services. Here, hardware and software will be separated and commercial off-the-shelf computer systems will replace dedicated equipment proprietary to specific vendors within the telecom infrastructure.

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Unitel Money goes live

04 October 2021

Angolan operator Unitel’s new mobile money offering, launched through its 100%-owned subsidiary Unitel Servicos de Pagamentos Moveis, has gone live.

Unitel Money is a mobile digital wallet platform, which gives users the option to send and receive money as well as make deposits and instant payments. At launch, the service will have a network of circa 1,000 agents to provide withdrawal and deposit services.

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