Ministers from six African countries and the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) have come to an agreement to expand mobile access and accelerate broadband access across Sub-Saharan Africa.
On Friday September 6th 2013, the GSMA met Ministers from countries including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to agree to a set of common priorities to expand broadband access across the region.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology will be the key enabler of mobile broadband, with video and mobile broadband being the most important mobile service, according to Noel Kirkaldy, head of technology of the Middle East and Africa Region at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
The term ‘ecosystem’ was referred to on several occasions at The Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) 2013, hosted recently in Cape Town, South Africa, by Telkom SA. The need to focus on achieving a balanced ecosystem – one that has equilibrium between infrastructure and applications, which then facilitates further development – was a central message to emerge from the Conference.
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