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World Telecom Labs Adds VoIP App to Its Wholesale Rural Voice and Data System

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.

World Telecom Labs calls for infrastructure sharing in rural Africa and asks regulators to reassign frequency for public good

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.

Connecting the Unconnected: World Telecom Labs Launches Survey To Identify Barriers to Building Rural Networks

22 March 2017 – Some 400 million people in Africa live and work in areas which are still not covered by a mobile network. Building rural networks in Africa continues to be a challenge with low ARPUs and logistical issues making the business model unattractive for most operators.

World Telecom Labs (WTL) today launched a survey to identify some of the key technological factors preventing the rollout of rural networks in Africa.