In The Spotlight
Opportunity2030: The Standard Chartered (www.SC.com) SDG Investment Map reveals a USD197 billion opportunity for private-sector investors in five high-growth markets in Africa to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with improving digital access making up USD74.5 billion of that total.
ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, has announced that ZTE and MTN Uganda have jointly launched the first 5G SA network in East Africa, demonstrating 5G use cases at an event themed “Experience the Future Together”, taking place in the Nyonyi Garden, Kampala, Uganda.
Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is set to launch the first 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa. Available from early 2020 in all major South African cities, this latest fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity will enable wholesale operators to create innovative, ultra-fast and scalable digital services for their customers.
PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and PEACE Cable International Network Co., Limited, will cooperate on the PEACE South extension of the Pakistan East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system. This cooperation positions PEACE as a major cable system to head south from the crucial high-speed Europe-Asia route, in a move that will deliver far-reaching connectivity benefits to the entire southern African region.
British mobile virtual network operator Lycamobile will officially start operations in Uganda where the company aims to provide quality voice and data services at affordable rates. Lycamobile is set to launch LTE in the country in partnership with Internet service provider Tangerine.
The Telecommunications Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) works on developing international telecom standards. It currently includes 11 study groups which are dedicated to developing standards which range from fiber optics, all the way to the application layer. Some of their study groups are technical in nature, while others are more regulatory in nature such as managing telephone numbers internationally, managing the secure use of IoT-powered devices on 5G networks, managing economic and policy issues, tariffs, international roaming and internet connectivity charges.
CommScope is a global leader in providing wired and wireless solutions and innovations to the telecommunications industry. CommScope and the recently acquired ARRIS and Ruckus Networks are shaping the communications networks of the future. The combined company will provide greater technology and solutions with broader access to new and growing markets. During GITEX Technology Week, Telecom Review managed to secure an exclusive interview with Femi Oshiga, vice president of service providers in the Middle East & Africa.
The best LTE networks are the foundation of the best 5G performance in non-standalone (NSA) 5G architecture, according to Aji Ed, CTO Middle East and Africa, Nokia. In an exclusive interview with Telecom Review during GITEX Technology Week 2019, Nokia’s CTO outlined the importance of strong 4G network for great 5G performance.