(HUAWEI) – Africa is on the cusp of a full-fledged broadband revolution, but faces a number of significant challenges to ensure the continent’s development and the economic benefits it brings. At least this is what emerged during the fourth Broadband Africa Forum organized from 7 to 11 November by Informa Tech and supported by Huawei.
During the Forum, representatives from the African Union (AU), the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), key operators and vendors, as well as consultants met to discuss in depth how best to accelerate bandwidth adoption broadband, improve its quality and promote the broadband service economy in Africa.
Anderson Amlamba, director of management information systems at the AUhighlighted: ” Governments need to work with operators to ensure they enhance and support their operations, rather than hinder them ».
Several industry players also made commitments and made a number of announcements during the event.
John Omo, Secretary General of the ATUthus stated that ” limiting the development of broadband inevitably leads to limiting economic development and global trade “, before adding:” We must put the development of broadband at the center of our discourse. »
Gary Lu, President of Network Marketing & Solution Sales at Huawei, stressed that it is commonly accepted that ultra-broadband infrastructure is the key to digital economic development, adding that fiber-based broadband should be implemented as soon as possible. “Fibre optics has proven to be the best way to deliver broadband. Once implemented, it has a 30-year lifecycle. But of course it’s not easy in the beginning, which means we need everyone’s cooperation, including governments, carriers and product suppliers. »
Managers and experts from regional tier one operators – such as Tunisia Telecom, Telkom in South Africa and Safaricom in Kenya – also shared their successes in copper to optical conversion, broadband market planning, coverage of cities in all optical and partnerships with third-party infrastructure providers.
Norbert Prihoda, deputy general manager of Tunisie Telecomhe also spoke of the transformation of the fiber: ” Fiber optics will brighten broadband for homes in the future. We aim to achieve FTTE (all) step by step, based on AirPON pilots, achieve 50Mbps+ everywhere to ensure customer experience and provide various smart home applications. This will help increase Tunisie Telecom’s profits, accelerate the modernization of the ICT infrastructure and lay the foundations for Tunisia’s digital transformation. Tunisie Telecom would like to continue and strengthen the win-win cooperation with Huawei in the field of home broadband.
Africa is on the cusp of a massive broadband boom. However, every effort must be made to ensure that it benefits as many of the population as possible, especially in the long term. To achieve this, however, private and public sector actors operating in this sector will need to focus on the synergy between all-optical, fixed and wireless broadband, the introduction of fixed-mobile convergence products and an active broadband industry wide.
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