Africa is perceived as the hub of poverty and diseases but away from that perception technology side is still lagging behind and being optimistic about wireless technology. There is a sharp increase in bandwidth within Africans countries with most netizens turning to the use of Wi-Fi as compared to the expensive mobile/cellular data networks.
According to Nick Watson, Vice President for EMEA, Ruckus says: “There are 8 times as many devices connected to Wi-Fi as there are to mobile/cellular data networks; therefore, the future of Wi-Fi looks much more like a utility rather than an add-on.”
This expectation is driving the need for ubiquitous coverage to accommodate emerging technologies and the increasing number of connected devices.
Most African businesses have installed Wi-Fi as the primary way to connect to the local area network (LAN).
“We are going to see an increase in people connecting to devices, along with devices connecting to devices as Internet of Things (IoT) market is growing exponentially, and we are likely to see more practical rollouts of IoT deployments, particularly for global sustainability,” says Watson
Digital technology is opening up new opportunities and new ways of doing business and Wi-Fi is certainly making its mark. Last Year we saw Econet Wireless and Telone installing public Wi-fi Zones in Major Towns in the Country.
With African countries migrating to optic fibre South Africa (SA) vying for an optic S.A by 2020. Some parts of the world are now speaking of the 5G network which likely is used in Africa in 2023 Wi-Fi remains the glimmer of hope in terms of costs and speed.
Riaan Graham a Sales Director for Sub Saharan African said “Increasing effective connectivity, we see positive signs with regards to infrastructure developments across the continent and this is exactly what Africa needs,”
“The technology is available but it’s up to local governments to bring budgets and departments together to make this a reality. We need a champion someone to boldly take on this role,” added Graham. IoT can be harness to develop ‘Smart City’ initiatives to address these ever increasing demands, ensuring real life efficiencies in service delivery. Wi-Fi is the ideal technology to use as backhaul for IoT sensors. Wi-Fi is cost effective and widely deployed in the larger African cities and will drive the mass adoption of IoT in our cities.
Africa is just so big that it will never be fully geographically covered by only terrestrial base stations. The satellite can usefully and viably complement terrestrial solutions in order to provide much-needed ubiquitous coverage demanded by the “connectivity is a human right” Which was declared in 2012 at the inaugural ICT Indaba1 in Cape Town, by the ministers responsible for ICT in Africa.