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How Mobile Network Operators are evolving and investing to service everyone

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The cost of data and access to networks capable of handling data-intensive applications has been a hot button issue in South Africa for years.

Providing communication services is capital intensive and driven mostly by private investors who expect a return.

We need to calculate the cost of not connecting everybody and leaving some people out of the economy... because they don't have affordable access. It's incredibly important that, as an industry, we provide affordable access to everybody...

Juanita Clark, CEO - FTTX Council Africa

Africa's large, densely populated urban centres have, in the main, well-developed telco infrastructure.

Not so in most of the Continent's vast tracts of rural areas that require massive capital investments.

Low population density and low revenue per user pose a challenge.

The regulator needs to step up... Models of shared infrastructure enable the provision of services...

Premeshin Naidoo, Absa Corporate and Investment Bank

New technologies that promise a solution to the challenge of providing telco services in rural areas:

  • TV white space

  • Satellite technologies

  • Using the power grid to provide fibre

It's not a question of technology... it's more about making it economically viable... Without subsidisation to get it on its feet, I don't think it's a problem we can solve...

Bora Varliyagci, CEO - DigitalThings

(Also, read: Mobile Network Operators increasingly don't own towers and other infrastructure)

MNOs nowadays are more likely to invest in things such as cloud services, music and entertainment as well as financial services than in towers or other immovable infrastructure.

I don't think we'll see communication service providers becoming utilities. But we will probably see these other independent infrastructure players becoming utilities.

Bora Varliyagci, CEO - DigitalThings

For more detail, watch the video below. Premeshin Naidoo (Absa Corporate Investment Banking) in discussion with Bora Varliyagci (CEO, DigitalThings) and Juanita Clark (CEO of FTTX Council Africa) on the evolution that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring and opportunities around digitisation.


This article first appeared on 702 : How Mobile Network Operators are evolving and investing to service everyone


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