It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to Mobile World Congress and the annual jamboree for the mobile ecosystem. Of course, there are many distractions at the event, but despite its huge size, the fact remains that it’s still the place to be for the mobile industry to showcase innovations and to plan for evolution of networks, devices and services.
Of course, we’re excited about 2018 but there’s much to reflect on from 2017. It was another award-winning year, with WTL securing the “Best Rural Connectivity” award at Capacity Africa, in recognition of the significant attention our Vivada solution is generating. It’s rapidly becoming the most cost-effective solution for deploying remote connectivity and an ecosystem of value-added partners is beginning to grow around it. We were also shortlisted for the “Changing Lives” award at AfricaCom, although we missed out to the UNHCR for its work in delivering Wi-Fi kiosks – while a disappointment, we’re proud to be keeping such company!
A recent article highlighted the many ways in which the Ghanaian telecoms market has established leadership in the African continent, thanks to early liberalisation of the sector and the growing number of licensed operators that has emerged. Ghana has also been an early advocate of network infrastructure sharing, which, as the article reports, is also now a priority for the African Union.
January 2018 – World Telecom Labs (WTL) today announced that it has helped improve the VoIP networks of iQela, a UK-based operator providing a variety of mobile services to businesses across the world.