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28th May 19

Opinion

Building a Gigabit Society

28th May 19

William Mzimba
By William Mzimba1 Followers

In the last 25 years, the South African telecommunications industry has enabled the country to transition from 2G network technology, which enabled voice-only communication, to 4G network technology, which has unlocked mobility, connectivity and digital innovation. This growth and evolution is a testament to the capabilities that can be unlocked by harnessing the energy and momentum of the transforming world. With this feat, comes the opportunity to truly unlock a Gigabit Society.

The ability to be always connected, always-on and transact at the point of need instantaneously, demonstrates Africa’s unique innovation. In the Vodacom Group context, that speaks to over 110 million connected customers – 43 million of which are in South Africa. Mobile network operators now have the ability to connect people to what they need and love. This ability has, in turn, broken down the physical barriers of urbanisation and rural communities. It has enabled the transition from voice-only connectivity to endless, data-driven possibilities. In turn, consumerisation has driven down the cost of data which, when coupled with connectivity speed increases, has enabled new business models that can challenge regulatory boundaries and break down previous governance-heavy barriers to entry.

Gigabit societies are unconfined – they live in a world of possibility and the reality of 1950s sci-fi movies. Here, societies, clusters and nations become a collective of li...

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