Challenges and Opportunities

An ITU 2013 review shows that less than 3 billion of the world’s 7 billion population currently have mobile broadband Internet service. A huge opportunity exists.

By 2013, 70% of the total households in developed countries had Internet access - whereas only 20% of households in developing countries had access.

Total international Internet bandwidth increased seven‐fold over the last five years worldwide.

Major differences in Internet bandwidth per Internet user persist between regions: on average, a user in Europe enjoys 25 times as much international Internet capacity as a user in Africa.

Mobile broadband has become the single most dynamic ICT service, reaching a 40% annual subscription growth in 2013.

Although developing countries are catching up in, terms of 3G and 4G coverage, huge disparities remain between mobile broadband penetration in the developing world (8%) and the developed world (51%).

In Africa there are less than 5 mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, whereas all other regions have penetration levels above 10%.

In many areas, low population densities, low arpu levels, high site rental costs, planning permission difficulties, backhauling limitations, and intermittent electricity supplies are realities. These act against the economic viability of investing in traditional ‘fixed sites’ networks coverage.

Despite these economic and logistics realities, many Internet Service Providers are under licensing obligations to deliver coverage to all areas.

Benefits and Value

Benefits and value of our Mobile Broadband Internet Solutions and Services include:

See our Solutions & Services - Mobile Cellular section.