With a large population and increasing smartphone usage, the Middle East and Africa will offer a critical region for investment in broadband networks in the next few years. In particular, the area presents a tremendous opportunity for mobile broadband growth since many rural areas barely have any wireline penetration available now.
To this end, the next phase of LTE rollout in this region will be crucial. However, LTE deployment involves a number of complex technology challenges that will require careful management. At Syniverse, we have been in the thick of helping operators address these challenges, and based on this work, we have identified three factors that we think operators should place special focus on in investing in LTE.
I recently had an opportunity to explain these in a new article titled “Three Factors Critical to Mobile Broadband Investment in MENA” (on Page 56) in SAMENA Trends magazine, a publication of the SAMENA (South Asia Middle East North Africa Trends) Telecommunications Council. I invite you to read the article to find out more, and I would also appreciate getting any comments you have on this topic.