Glo, MTN, Others must invest in 4G – Huawei VP

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Story By Ibiyemi Mathew and Ikenna Odionye, Abuja
Vice President, Huawei Southern Africa, David Chen, has said mobile networks Operators in Africa must invest in 4G /LTE networks to boost the user experience as it  is still important for operators in Africa, even as the 5G era beckons.
Currently, according to Chen, the mobile broadband penetration rate in Africa is only 47per cent, while 4G penetration rate is merely 10 per cent, explaining that insufficient coverage causes LTE users to fall back to the 2G or 3G networks, resulting in a significant decline in user experience.
He further stated that this could lead to congestion on the 2G and 3G networks and makes it difficult to release spectrum used by 2G and 3G.
He says that LTE and 5G complement each other and are evolving in parallel, noting that before long, 5G will mainly be used in more industrial communications, while LTE will LTE will form the basic layer of national networks, said Chen, especially when it comes to mobile broadband access.
“It will take a long time for 5G to provide nationwide continuous coverage. Before that, enhanced LTE networks can guarantee optimal user experience for 5G users, including services such as VR, AR, and cloud gaming,” said Chen.
He said that it is important for operators to invest in 4G to secure future growth, as it is estimated that there will be an additional 80 million LTE users in sub-Saharan Africa by 2025.
“My Broadband  reports  that are driven by this growth, LTE traffic in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by a factor of 8.8. By 2025, about 80 per cent of all data traffic in the region will be over an LTE network, adding that LTE will also, be the main source of future revenue for operators,” he said.
According to Chen to GSMA Intelligence revealed  that 2G and 3G users in sub-Saharan Africa will gradually migrate to 4G, and by 2025, the proportion of 2G users will drop from 46 per cent to 12 per cent. He explained that the price of feature phones supporting VoLTE in the sub-Saharan Africa market has been as low as $25.
Vice President, Huawei Southern Africa, David Chen, has said mobile networks Operators in Africa must invest in 4G /LTE networks to boost the user experience as it  is still important for operators in Africa, even as the 5G era beckons.
Currently, according to Chen, the mobile broadband penetration rate in Africa is only 47per cent, while 4G penetration rate is merely 10 per cent, explaining that insufficient coverage causes LTE users to fall back to the 2G or 3G networks, resulting in a significant decline in user experience.
He further stated that this could lead to congestion on the 2G and 3G networks and makes it difficult to release spectrum used by 2G and 3G.
He says that LTE and 5G complement each other and are evolving in parallel, noting that before long, 5G will mainly be used in more industrial communications, while LTE will LTE will form the basic layer of national networks, said Chen, especially when it comes to mobile broadband access.
“It will take a long time for 5G to provide nationwide continuous coverage. Before that, enhanced LTE networks can guarantee optimal user experience for 5G users, including services such as VR, AR, and cloud gaming,” said Chen.
He said that it is important for operators to invest in 4G to secure future growth, as it is estimated that there will be an additional 80 million LTE users in sub-Saharan Africa by 2025.
“My Broadband  reports  that are driven by this growth, LTE traffic in sub-Saharan Africa will increase by a factor of 8.8. By 2025, about 80 per cent of all data traffic in the region will be over an LTE network, adding that LTE will also, be the main source of future revenue for operators,” he said.
According to Chen to GSMA Intelligence revealed  that 2G and 3G users in sub-Saharan Africa will gradually migrate to 4G, and by 2025, the proportion of 2G users will drop from 46 per cent to 12 per cent. He explained that the price of feature phones supporting VoLTE in the sub-Saharan Africa market has been as low as $25.