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.
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.
17 November 2016 – Last night at the annual AfricaCom awards in Cape Town, World Telecom Labs (WTL) was named as the winner in the Best Connectivity Solution for Africa category for its Vivada (Village Voice and Data) system.