Nairobi — THE global information and communications technology provider, Huawei Technologies, has introduced a cost-effective broadband solution to make internet available to marginalized communities in Africa. The initiative targets densely populated urban areas sparsely populated areas without access to fibre. WTTx, the broadband solution, is based on 4.5G wireless broadband technologies, and carrier aggregation which provides bandwidth of over 1Gbp/s; significantly improving spectrum efficiency and affording home users a fibre-like experience. "Internet penetration remains a major challenge in Kenya and in Africa as a whole, and it is for this reason that Huawei Technologies has worked to provide an affordable solution that provides the same user experience as fiber," said Adam Lane, Senior Director Public Affairs, Huawei Kenya. "WTTx enables operators to roll-out high-speed home and business broadband quickly, whilst reducing infrastructure costs which increases their return CDC on investment and ensures a great service for consumers." 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 (ARPU). While copper cables and/or optical fibre have been the preferred option because of their delivery of stable and fast home broadband; it is often most feasible for urban areas with dense populations and favorable economic conditions - thus leaving out the population beyond the urban areas due to challenges in deploying infrastructure. 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. Approximately 20 million households in the region are in dire need of access to broadband. - CAJ News
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