Huawei defines digitalization and broadband as the new power for a new Africa

Huawei Technologies
17 Nov 2016

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[Cape Town, South Africa, November 16, 2016] With a theme of digital transformation, economic development and social empowerment, AfricaCom 2016 kicked off in South Africa this week, with Huawei reiterating its belief that digitalization and broadband are the new power for a new Africa.

Dr. Mohamed Madkour, Huawei’s Vice President of Wireless Networks Marketing & Head of Global Demand Generation, outlined “New Africa, New Power” at AfricaCom 2016

Last July, Dr. Mohamed Madkour, Huawei’s Vice President of Wireless Networks Marketing and Head of Global Demand Generation, unveiled the Huawei MBB (Mobile Broadband) 2020 Strategy for Africa at the GSMA Mobile 360-Africa event in Dar Essalam. At AfricaCom 2016 he re-emphasized Huawei’s commitment to the region and the importance of digitalization and broadband to the continent.

Mobile data traffic in Africa is expected to increase by at least 15 times in high traffic areas by 2020. To carry this traffic with the needed service experience requires new broadband in terms of coverage, speed, latency, operation and security.

Dr. Mohamed Madkour explained that digitalization and broadband will be the new power that energize African countries’ economy and facilitate safe, productive and happy life for African people. More spectrum and double sites are needed in Africa to enrich MBB. Huawei’s mobile broadband strategy focuses on enhancing the value of spectrum and site assets through adopting innovative air interface features, constructing agile network architecture and utilizing a user experience-based operational model that optimizes mobility business economics for operators in Africa.

“Wireless broadband access to homes in Africa is a fundamental component to a country’s National Broadband Plans (NBP) on the continent. Connecting people in Africa remains a top priority. Huawei is not only the partner of operators to build broadband networks, but also the collaborator to explore more value for MBB business.” said Dr. Mohamed Madkour.

“From wireless technologies prospective, 4G LTE and its evolution to 4.5G will remain an attractive platform to facilitate wider pipe, excellent user experience and enable more businesses including Internet of Things (IoT)”.

He also called on government to play an instrumental role to create a better connected Africa, which means releasing more spectrum, technology and application agnostic, and facilitating more sites by putting together policies to ease site construction and the acquisition process.

AfricaCom 2016, the largest and most influential Africa-focused tech event in the world, takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, from November 15th to 17th. For more details of Huawei hot topics and MBB VIP Salon, please visit:

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