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  • SMART AFRICA

    Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation. The touchstones of ITU Telecom World, and of the ITU itself, are also the driving force behind a bold and innovative commitment to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development across an entire continent – Smart Africa. Launched during the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali on 28th – 31st October 2013, Smart Africa brings together African governments, the private […]
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  • ICT Contributions to GDP in Nigeria

    Nigeria has emerged as Africa’s largest economy, following a recent statistical “rebasing” exercise, with 2013 GDP estimated at US$ 502 billion. The Nigerian economy has continued to grow at a rapid 6-8% per annum (pre-rebasing), driven by growth in agriculture, Information Communications Technology (ICT), and services. The emergence of GSM networks in 2001 resulted in faster economic growth in the […]
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  • Broadband Nigeria: Enabling Access, Transforming Communities

    Nigeria is set to showcase its plethora of investment opportunities at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar on Monday, December 8, 2014 during its Investment Meeting. A delegation led by the honourable Minister of Communications Ms Omobola Johnson is on the ground at the Qatar National Conference Center, QNCC, Doha to host potential investors and to showcase vibrant and […]
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  • Vanuatu: a rising ICT star

    Like most Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Vanuatu presents very specific logistical challenges for government, regulators and operators alike when it comes to establishing universal connectivity. With a population of 255 000 spread over 83 islands in the South Pacific, simply transporting ICT equipment into remote and rural areas is a major issue. A fibre optic network is impossible in […]
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  • Broadband Internet for the Last Mile: Grassroots or Community Based Entrepreneurs are the Key to Closing the Digital Divide

    The telecom world has grappled with the digital divide since the publication of the Maitland Commission Missing Link Report in the early 80s. That report helped countries realize that telecom was a key tool for development, and since then telecom operators and regulators have struggled with how to provide access to telecom to all (universal access). Definitions of universal access […]
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  • Will video over LTE reshape the broadcast and mobile industries?

    Mobile broadband is booming worldwide, underpinned by a global footprint of 3G/HSPA and 4G/LTE networks. LTE is mainstream and fast developing with approaching 350 live networks today, and is expected to cover 70% of the world’s population by 2020.  Worldwide the number of mobile subscriptions grew 6% over the last year, while mobile broadband connections leapt 30% to 2.5 billion, […]
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  • Serendipity, or why cell phone masts have more rights than humans

    In many parts of the world, mobile telephony coverage is quite simply a blessing. Largely by serendipity rather than planned strategy, its impact in many parts of Africa and Asia has been transformational.
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  • Moving telcos forward in the digital age

    The business models on which telcos grew fat and happy over the years are coming to a natural end. Building out network infrastructure as quickly as possible, and then selling access to it at a profit in an engineering and finance-driven model is no longer viable in mature or saturated markets. With estimates of over 300bn US dollars coming out […]
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  • Roboy, the robot lounge and why robots need better marketing

    Imagine a relaxing bar or lounge space, rather like the business class lounge in an airport – but staffed entirely by robots. As you enter, you are greeted by name by the robot receptionist, who remembers your preference for sitting by the window in a non-smoking area. You are guided to your table by a robot steward, leaving you to […]
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  • Internet of Things: a Force for Good or Evil?

    I will be chairing the panel on the Internet of Things: a Force for Good or Evil? at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha in December this year. What is the Internet of Things? I would like to define it as anything that does not have a human involved. According to the GSM Association website we will have something approaching […]
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