Liberia beats SA to 4G punch

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Liberia’s Cellcom GSM will today launch the country’s first 4G network. The country claims that it is the most advanced mobile Internet technology in the world and that it will double Cellcom’s current Internet speeds, while allowing users to experience unprecedented uploads and download speeds.

Liberia’s Cellcom GSM will today launch the country’s first 4G network (image: stock.xchng)

“Today, I’m proud to tell you that we are changing Liberia with technology,” said Liberian Vice President, H.E. Joseph Boakai.

Cellcom’s Chief Executive Officer Avishai Marziano said that it will help a large portion of the population. “We expect this new technology to affect education, the press, health, transportation, security and all aspects of Liberia,” he said.

“The new 4G network is the first of its kind in Liberia. The technology is now being used by some of the largest cellular phone companies in the US and Europe and only a handful of countries in Africa have been able to deploy 4G,” Monrovia-based publication The New Dawn wrote.


Kimmie Weeks, who serves as Chief Corporate Communications Strategist for Cellcom, added that Liberia will now be ahead of many African nations, including South Africa. “With the introduction of this technology, Cellcom has essentially set Liberia ahead of the rest of Africa and on par with Europe and the United States in terms of mobile Internet speeds”.

Marziano previously commented that 4G technology will boost their speed well beyond that of their competition. “With the new technology, the current browsing speed cellular network will exceed by 100 times that of our competitors and 10 times of 3G network. We have seen an increase in customers consuming cellphones since we broke the monopoly. Now with new technology like smartphones and l-phones we are in the process of upgrading our networks to make our customers happy and stay ahead of the competition.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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  1. patented in 2004 by a Togolese researcher, Dr. Victor Agbegnenou, the PWCS (Polyvalent Wireless Communication System) technology, the technology of the Thales Group, uses microwave and as “a fibre through the air”.

    Lebon Ngounou, who heads the Cameroonian society IdreamGroup in charge of commercializing this technology in Africa, “the PWCS is the economical alternative market to reduce the digital divide by ensuring capacity and rates comparable to those of optical fibre for a lower cost up to 10 times”. The PWCS ould allow, according to its proponent, to offer African consumers of triple play (internet very broadband, telephony and television) for 15,000 CFA FRANCS per month.
    Lebon Ngounou of Cameroonian society IdreamGroup.
    Concretely, the PWCS is a “row of technology”, says Lebon Ngounou: “This means that the signal is transmitted between two antennas – a transmitter and a receiver – and that message passes between these two points that in the absence of obstruction, such as a building or a relief.” If obstacle, it adds a relay. The receiver is then connected to the user by wiring, optical or non. The Subscriber, equipped with a decoder can then benefit from an offer triple play. Each receiver can also become a relay transmitter, which allows the creation of a dense and this network to the last kilometre, often very expensive to connect fibre optique.».
    To their promoter, radio technology requires little time to install, as the fibre which should support the achievement of trenches and therefore the cost of work in civil engineering. On the other hand, the antennas, which do not measure “18 inch”, are arranged on existing infrastructure and require that rarely the construction of towers. This low-cost infrastructure would thus bring very high flow in sparsely populated areas and ensure universal access to low-cost.
    The process has already tested in a real situation in Auger Saint Vincent, 50 km from Paris, said Mr. Ngounou.(http://www.augersaintvincent.fr/article/articleview/64/1/27). It team already the University of Ouagadougou or UEMOA headquarters.
    PWCS:

    Voice
    ( Fixed and mobile 4G and LTE Advanced or Very mobile broadband).

    Data
    (super-fast broadband)

    TV
    IPTV, VOD, HDTV, personal Tv, network games, Broadcast and television programs in HD, Retransmit live broadcasts by PWCS, videoconferencing, CCTV with alarm, Geolocation, GPS.

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