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The Future of African Connectivity Whitepaper

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Gateway Communications’ industry panel outlines the future of African connectivity

In March 2012 Gateway Communications, the leading supplier of African telecommunications services, held a high-level industry panel in Johannesburg South Africa, focusing on the ‘Future of African Connectivity.’ Hosted by  Mike van den Bergh, CEO of Gateway Communications, the panel comprised Ibrahima Guimba Saidou, African VP and GM at SES; Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC; technology entrepreneur, Stafford Masie; Nzioka Waita, Head of Corporate Affairs at Safaricom; and Andile Ngcaba, Chairman of Convergence Partners.

The thought provoking discussion facilitated by Russell Southwood (editor of Balancing Act) addressed topics ranging from rural connectivity and the role telecoms plays in African economies, to pricing for consumers and the future of data use in Africa.

It was emphasised by Saidou that 20-40% of the African population does not have access to voice let alone data and that it is these individuals, mostly in rural areas, that demand connectivity. There are a number of challenges experienced by mobile network operators (MNOs) when looking to expand to remote areas in Africa. Innovative products such as Gateway’s Celldirect, a satellite-based cellular backhaul solution aims to serve part of this 20-40% allowing MNOs to reach these areas providing mobile communications to thousands of communities who would have otherwise remained unconnected.

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