At the simply concluded World Economic Forum command in Abuja, Nigeria, Charles ding, Huawei international vp has said with optimism that mass preparation of fourth generation (4G) mobile broadband will help bring a lot of Africans on-line, grow her Gross Domestic Product, (GDP) and job creation.
The Huawei VP for Africa who spoke to World Presidents, ICT Ministers , Economic specialists and resource persons at a panel talk on new solutions to bring all Africans on-line at WEF told the gathering that there have been many benefits of creating building LTE networks a strong case in Africa.
Fixed-line infrastructure in Africa limited:
Charles dong, Huawei international vp talking to international audience at a World Economic Forum command in Nigerian capital recently
“First, fixed-line infrastructure in most African countries is restricted and underdeveloped. per ITU, fastened broadband penetration in Africa is just zero.3%.
“Therefore, upgrading from existing fixed-line infrastructure might be a lot more expensive and might be less effective. Second, building mobile networks will considerably enlarge broadband coverage to many individuals living in rural and underdeveloped urban areas, as a result of LTE users are invariably connected wirelessly to quick, accountable, and reliable knowledge network.
“Third, constructing LTE networks will create effective use of existing instrumentation and technologies, and thus lower the value of initial investment. Finally, LTE-enabled devices become increasingly more cost-effective.
Replication of success factor:
Believing that the victorious experiences in mobile broadband may be replicated to different components of the developing world, he informed the audience that Huawei has worked with their partners in Africa and unrolled many LTE networks over the past few years.
“For example, Nigerian carriers Swift Networks and Spectranet worked with United States to supply a smooth migration from their existing WiMAX primarily based networks to LTE in Abuja, Lagos.
In the case of Swift, we tend to helped them upgrade to the new TD-LTE network in 2013, that doubled the output of previous WiMAX network.
“The cost-reduction measures by Swift and also the additional capability of LTE permits Swift to supply lower data valuation for customers.
“ for instance, a 20GB (gigabyte) family arrange prices $35 a month, and individual arrange starts from solely $3 a month, a major reduction in worth from previous $80 per month” he explained.
Restates commitment to Africa:
Assuring on Huawei commitment to Federal Republic of Nigeria and also the rest of the African sub-region on capacity building and network infrastructure building, he said that a part of Nigeria’s LTE network has already shown signs of congestion, indicating additional and additional Nigerians are subscribing to LTE services for a range of functions.
What Nigeria needs to do do:
For Nigeria to reap the advantages of information economy, higher capability and additional networks are required within the near future.
He urged that public and personal sectors should work a lot more closely to continue the momentum of rolling out LTE networks, significantly in rural Africa.
One issue that governments will do, according to him was to raised regulate spectrum allocation, and unencumber spectrum in lower frequency bands.
He additionally urged that governments might want to share a number of the price related to constructions of mobile broadband networks, as a result of it not only creates new jobs and business opportunities, however it brings about the probabilities for social improvement and betterment.
“Huawei is functioning hard with our partners on all fronts to create a more robust connected Africa, as a result of what we believe that ICT technologies, significantly mobile broadband, are reshaping Africa and different components of the planet, and leading consecutive wave of property social development.” he told the gathering.
While commending Huawei success stories in Africa, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance said that, “We appreciate Huawei’s set up of establishing ICT scholarship in some Nigerian Universities”
Similarly, H.E. Mr Daniel Kablan professional dancer, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire noted that , “Huawei has created great performance in 2013. The launch of Huawei P7 Smartphone is another success to point out Huawei’s leading technology. we tend to give thanks to Huawei for its efforts of introducing technology solutions to Côte d’Ivoire. Huawei is welcome to bring additional expertise and skills to native society”
For Mr Moussa Mara, Prime Minister of African country, Huawei ought to build additional capability in Africa particularly in Republic of Mali. “We welcome Huawei to push a lot more projects between China and Republic of Mali.”
“We welcome Huawei to do additional contribution to Togo on skills transferring, native talent cultivation and coaching.”, H.E. Ms Cina Lawson, Minister of Posts and Digital Economy of Togo said.