Huawei unveiled its MBB (Mobile Broadband) 2020 Strategy for Africa during the opening day of the GSMA Mobile 360-Africa event, outlining a new mobile broadband blueprint for the next five years for a Better Connected Africa.
Dr. Mohamed Madkour, Huawei’s Vice President of Wireless Networks Marketing & Head of Global Demand Generation said: “Africa has experienced a massive boom in mobile phone access with more than 500 million mobile phones now active across the continent. Africa’s mobile internet uptake continues to grow at an alarming rate, putting the continent at the heart of the broadband revolution to improve agriculture, banking, healthcare, education and other sectors.
“From now until 2020, the MBB data traffic in Africa is expected to increase by at least 15 times mainly driven by applications such as video, IoT, and by connecting the continents unconnected population. Carrying this traffic with the needed service experience requires advanced technology and business model innovation, as well as cross-industry collaboration.”
Madkour added that Huawei’s mobile broadband strategy focuses on enhancing the value of spectrum and sites assets through the adoption of innovative air interface features, constructing agile network architecture and utilizing a user experience-based operational model.
According to ITU, an estimated 61 percent of households in Africa still do not have internet access.
Dr. Mohamed Madkour explained how Huawei’s WTTx (Wireless To The x) solution can quickly make broadband access possible to unconnected households to provide rollout cost savings of up to 75%.
He therefore called on regulators in Africa to quickly make additional spectrums available to improve mobile connectivity in the region, adding that regulators should also put together policies to ease site construction and the acquisition process.
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