9 November 2017

Africa: Internet Lifeline for Remote African Zones

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Nairobi — DENSELY populated African urban areas as well as remote and sparsely populated regions without access to fibre have received a major boost with the introduction of a cost-effective broadband solution. Huawei, the global information and communications technology service provider, has introduced the service called WTTx. It is based on 4,5G wireless broadband technologies, and carrier aggregation which provides bandwidth of over 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps/sec), significantly improving spectrum efficiency and affording home users a fibre-like experience. Adam Lane, Senior Director Public Affairs, Huawei Kenya, said internet penetration remained a major challenge in Kenya and in Africa as a whole. He said it was for this reason that Huawei Technologies worked to provide an affordable solution that provides the same user experience as fibre. 'WTTx enables operators to roll-out high-speed home and business broadband quickly, whilst reducing infrastructure costs which increases their return on investment and ensures a great service for consumers," Lane said. In Africa, the average broadband penetration rate sits at less than 1 percent while 80 percent of connected households have to make do with bandwidth of less than 2Mbp/s, according to Huawei. About 20 million households in the region are in dire need of access to broadband. WTTx broadband provides a high-gain plug and play customer premise equipment (CPE) - a wireless household gateway - which is used to provide the entire range of mobile broadband (MBB) services for end users,including video broadcasts, VoIP, enterprise networks, and even VR movies, and gaming. It does not require pole or cable installations because the operators can leverage on existing 4G base stations for WTTx, significantly reducing network deployment time and costs, while also helping operators to increase their monthly average revenue per user. Many operators in sub-Saharan Africa consider WTTx as a top priority, and have provided WTTx broadband access to over 1 million households by 2017. - CAJ News

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