The pandemic has prompted a global surge in demand for data, with video-grade networks required now for entertainment as well as basic communication with those we’ve been unable to see in person. Operator groups were already on this journey, but have been forced to accelerate their strategies to meet this demand.
It’s no secret that many emerging markets suffer from a digital inclusion gap, but building a business case around correcting this can be challenging. We caught up with Elisabeth Medou Badang, Senior VP of Orange Middle East and Africa, to discuss the operator group’s Digital Centres and how a strategy focused on the benefits of connectivity is key to driving demand.
While 5G enables myriad possibilities beyond voice, this core element of telecoms will always be essential to any operator’s offering. With 5G being deployed across the world, Developing Telecoms spoke to Huawei’s Vincent Zhao to discuss the vendor’s Single Voice Core solution, which helps modern and legacy voice standards to coexist.
Vikram Sinha is a veteran of the telecoms industry, having spent 10 years with Bharti Airtel across India and Africa before moving to the Ooredoo Group.
Delivering reliable coverage in Africa presents many logistical challenges, but since joining Airtel Africa in 2016 the group’s Chief Technology Officer Razvan Ungureanu has overseen the expansion and development of the operator’s networks into some of the continent’s most isolated and unconnected areas.