With the changing telecommunications environment in Africa, not to mention the market dynamics, most African countries are finding themselves under tremendous pressure to adapt or face getting left behind.
The recent changes to Africa’s Wireless Fidelity landscape has given rise to smart city deployments and is deemed to add economic value to cities, serving as a driving force behind development.
This is according to Riaan Graham, Sales Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at Ruckus Wireless, who notes that while the evolution of Wireless fidelity in Africa has been slow compared to that of international counterparts, there has been progress.
WiFi in Africa has predominantly been reserved for businesses and airport business lounges but this has fast changed. Previously no roaming between access points and re-authentication woes stifled the growth. However, as roaming and streamlined SSID authentication became possible, WiFi access has now become simple to access and has spread across airports, hotels, coffee shops and restaurants, universities, and more recently, public venues and cities.
According to IT Web Africa, Africa is likely to see more WiFi being deployed in cities and metro areas now than ever before. This is because the continent is driven by mobility and WiFi presents a significant opportunity to support mobile operators and improve their networks, as well as provide the additional access sought after by data hungry consumers.