The African Telecommunications Union has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ericsson to help rapidly monitor technology turn-out across the continent.
However according ATU, an African Union specialist intelligence service in promoting ICT growth in Africa, the MoU will support ICT growth as a critical infrastructure for the 21st century and help to lay the foundations for social and economic development.
The two organizations, in the perception, seek to promote global and regional cooperation and spectrum usage harmonization to motivate economies of scale and maximize affordability for all African users.
“Our collaboration with Ericsson is geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming the continent into a knowledge economy,” The Secretary General of the ATU, Mr John Omo mentioned.
Mr OMO, spoke at the signing of the MoU in Nairobi , Kenya, outlined that it is extremely important that economies from across the continent become much more successful, agile, secure and innovative to leverage ICT technologies in order to modify African nations into smart economies.
“Our collaboration with the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) will focus on spectrum management strategies. Leveraging our global experience working on spectrum management, we aim to share global best practices that will ensure efficient use of scarce resources and allocation of new spectrum. This will yield societal benefits that will enable a more connected and knowledge-based society in Africa.” the President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Mr. Fadi Pharaon, said.
The whole transition comes at a time when Africa persists to encounter unparalleled mobile broadband expansion, with traffic, subscriptions and device ownership increasing at accelerated speed. The continent has surfaced as one of the largest innovation adopters, with rapid growth in technology and smartphone usage.
Along with an Ericsson Mobility Report from November 2019, by 2025, Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile broadband subscribers will boost to about 70 percent of mobile subscribers, with the main engine being increased 4G coverage and uptake. Key drivers behind this shift include a young and growing population, and lower-priced smart phones and feature phones available.
Today, developing countries are experiencing the possibility of comprehensive economic growth, as telecommunication users now outnumber those using fixed line communication services.
With radio spectrum a scarce commodity, the percentage of providers and clients which can be accepted in any specified part of the spectrum, though the digital world, remains limited. The integrated and worldwide associated framework provided for in the collaboration between ATU and Ericsson also will assist African countries in spectrum management activities that facilitate cost-effective roll-out.