MTN Ghana CEO Serame Taukobong told investors that the company plans to pump GHS460 million (€115 million/$123 million) into network expansion during 2015 to meet growing demand for mobile data services.
Orange, which provided more updates on its LTE rollout plans for Africa this week, said LTE will be "the foundation of ICT in Africa, for individuals, business and institutional users" as fixed networks are at a very limited stage of development in the region.
Alcatel-Lucent may be an advocate of VDSL2 and vectoring, but the Franco American company says that those technologies may be not be enough to overcome interference issues to deliver 100 Mbps and above over existing copper pairs to broadband customers.
While there is a legitimate concern that LTE Broadcast content will be given a higher quality of service than regular, over-the-top video content, I don't think the situation will violate net neutrality. In fact, based on conversations I have had this week with experts at vendors that specialize in LTE Broadcast (and, admittedly, are proponents of the technology), carriers' use of it is likely to benefit customers, even those who are not taking advantage of it.
T-Mobile US wants to make sure the FCC knows the benefits of using Licensed Assisted Access technology in, among others, the 3.5 GHz band, saying it's compatible with Wi-Fi and should be considered as the FCC adopts rules for the 3.5 GHz band.
It's not the only game in town, but OneWeb believes it has the spectrum and technology to deliver affordable Internet access to everyone. FierceWirelessTech recently caught up with Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb, to hear how he plans to accomplish this mission.
Following trials with O2's customers in London, Vasona Networks announced it has inked a pilot deployment agreement with Telefonica UK, the first Tier 1 customer it has publicly identified.
Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions. Yet they face challenges, including garnering the right spectrum and affordable backhaul.
Our latest special report looks at LTE developments in Africa in order to gain some insights into progress so far, and what some of the players are planning to do in the coming months.
In Africa, LTE deployment and usage is accelerating across a continent that faces considerable challenges in terms of its terrain, economic prosperity, and political and regulatory stability. While the number and breadth of network rollouts are clearly still far behind those in Europe, North America and Asia, Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions and the role of mobile connectivity as an alternative to fixed-line services.