Future of broadband infrastructures, significant interest in 5G around the world and Kenya focus

In this week’s Telecom update, we first take a closer look at the broadband future, as well as a significant interest in 5G developments. Finally, we focus on Kenya and latest mobile trends in this country.

Let’s have a look at the key upcoming developments selected by our top analysts:

Many countries have developed sophisticated mobile networks, particularly among the emerging markets where mobile networks have thrived in contrast to the slow development of fixed broadband infrastructure.

With mobile networks becoming so sophisticated, why it is still important to continue to invest in fixed broadband?

Because of important services emerging that can help solve many of today’s social, economic and sustainability problems. Examples include e-health, e-education, e-business, smart city development…

Fibre-based infrastructure which provides reliable high-speed broadband access is required to underpin the services.

Learn more here: Global Fixed Broadband – Analyses, Statistics and Regional Overviews


  • Countries around the world demonstrate significant interest in 5G

As of July 2018 there were 42 countries identified by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GMSA) which were considering 5G spectrum requirements – either through introducing, allocating, reserving, planning or consulting on the matter.

5G technology has attracted intense interest from the ICT industry and wider community due to its potential to increase opportunities for developments related to IoT.

See: Intelligence Report – 5G Global Trends and Leading Countries 2018


  • Kenya deactivates another 600,000 SIM cards

Legislation in Kenya requires that all mobile phone subscribers register their identities with network operators. Following a new round of registration operators have disconnected almost 600,000 misidentified cards, most of which are on Airtel Kenya’s network.

A forthcoming audit of SIM cards by the regulator could result in fines against MNOs of up to 0.2% of revenue for operators found to have remaining misidentified cards.

Interested in more? Kenya – Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses