Huawei advocates for affordable spectrum to deepen home internet access in Africa
Huawei Technologies has called for a collective adoption of the 2.6 GHz as the dedicated spectrum with the most cost-effective 4G Fixed Wireless Access for home broadband service to scale up the current low penetration rate.
Currently, only 9.8 million Kenyans (9 per cent), mostly living in urban and semi-urban areas have access to broadband internet. 38 per cent have low-speed dial-up internet, while up to 22 million people still have no access to internet connectivity.
Addressing delegates at the just concluded Annual Africa Spectrum Roundtable in Maputo, Mozambique, Yao Hongjie, Vice President of Huawei Sub-Saharan Africa ICT Solutions said that a number of initiatives were required to drive up the rate of home internet penetration.
“These include full allocation of the entire Sub-3Ghz for affordable and universal mobile broadband towards closing the digital gap and fueling the growth of our digital future. It also involves full utilization of 2.3Ghz and 2.6Ghz bands for further mobile broadband improvement,” he noted.