The GSM Association (GSMA), the body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has welcomed the strong decisions that African governments took at last week’s meeting of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) in Nairobi to foster the growth of mobile broadband in Africa.
John Giusti, Deputy Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, commented on the outcome of the final meeting of the ATU, ahead of this November’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15).
“The GSMA welcomes the strong decisions that African governments took at this week’s meeting of the ATU to foster the growth of mobile broadband across the continent. By coming together and agreeing unified proposals, they have shown their support for making more spectrum available to meet the mobile broadband needs of their citizens”, according to GSMA’s Giusti.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”GSMA”]“The upcoming WRC-15 conference in Geneva will determine what spectrum bands will be allocated for mobile services. These decisions will determine the future of the mobile internet. This is particularly important for Africa, the world’s fastest growing mobile region, where mobile broadband is often the only way for people to access the internet. Additional spectrum will be vital in providing the capacity needed to support mobile broadband growth across the region and help bridge the digital divide.” [/blockquote]