The #World Bank and #Ericsson have developed a guide for policy makers to drive #national broadband plans, the #Head of Government and Industry Relations, #sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, #Mr. Shiletsi Makhofane, has said.
This came just as the world prepares for the anticipated 20 times increase in mobile Internet usage by 2019. Makhofane said the guide was aimed at helping policy makers to master critical skills that would ensure that socio-economic benefits were achieved in 2019 when mobile subscription would have grown by 10 times, and mobile data traffic by 20 times.
In an exclusive interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, he said, “At the centre of all these developments is the availability of spectrum which will spur growth in the sector.”
The Ericsson official said that spectrum was a critical and limited social resource, “and the lifeblood of all that is mobile.” He said, “Ericsson espoused in 2011 the idea of how real-time connectivity will fundamentally change the way we all innovate, collaborate, produce, govern, and live sustainably, and they called it the Networked Society.
“Today, with mobile Internet use in sub-Saharan Africa doubling year-on-year, and usage expected to increase by 20 times in the next five years, the networked society and the…
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