• December 19th, 2012
  • Darren Kingman

Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 11.22.03There is little denying the opportunities that LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology offer in regards to mobile connectivity. With the average speed of this 4G service being faster than the average UK household broadband, it opens up the possibility for advancements in entertainment, services and connectivity never seen before.

Within 1 year the number of people who had access to LTE had grown to 150 million. Today that figure stands at 450 million, with it set to grow even further.
This is off the back of Ethio Telecom (Ethiopia’s largest telecoms network) announcing that they will be enabling the technology for their customers in the countries capital city, Addis Ababa. This is part of the networks strategy to improve customer satisfaction and provide new services to do so. The plans are expected to be in place by the end of 2015, with all cities being targeted at that point.

The news has obviously also spread across Africa, with Nigeria being another country that could follow suit. President of Ericsson sub-saharan Africa, Lars Liden, highlighted the opportunity in the Nigerian market by saying “the number of players for such a big market is still relatively low. If you exclude the CDMA operators, we only have four big ones with such a huge population in the country”. He was of course referring to the 160 million strong population that have grown in their desire and need for mobile communications.

It was an important point for Lars Liden to suggest that 3G technology still has an important role to play. With it still able to serve the billions who don’t have 4G extremely well. However, 4G is a significant improvement, with it opening many doors of opportunity such as mobile blogging, interactive TV, and professional services. The scope of the technology in Lars’ eyes is yet unknown, but it’s potential is undoubted.