16 May 2017 – World Telecom Labs (WTL) today announced a new voice component for Vivada Wholesale (Village Voice and Data), its multi-award winning system for building wholesale networks in rural Africa.
Vivada Wholesale was specifically developed so that wholesale carriers can build low OPEX, low-CAPEX networks in rural areas for use by multiple operators. The networks support all types of pre and post-paid customers with varying telecoms budgets including GSM for every type of handset; wifi connectivity for smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs – and connectivity to cybercafes and hotspot call cabins.
5 May 2017 – At the Innovation Africa Digital Summit held in Uganda last week, World Telecom Labs (WTL) called on regulators to use USF money to build wholesale networks in rural Africa – and to reallocate unused spectrum for these networks.
With infrastructure sharing now common across the continent, WTL firmly believes that the removal of the CAPEX cost of building a rural network will enable regulators to pressure previously reluctant operators to start offering services in these areas.
Planning LTE deployments must take account of the capacity required at the outset, but this is something of a moveable feast. Whatever you do at the beginning, your needs are likely to change based on contention, usage trends and observed performance. This means you need to actively plan capacity and embark on an effective programme of monitoring and dynamic adaptation, based on real user behaviour and experience. If you are offering SLAs, that’s another key factor – maintaining and ensuring that they meet requirements is demanding.
Do you want to learn how to extend LTE coverage, reliably and cost-effectively? Why not register for our new webinar “Building rural LTE networks”, on May 11th at 1400 BST. We’ll show you how you can easily bring enhanced mobile coverage to even the most remote locations using our exclusive Vivada solution.