Thursday, 29 June 2017

Operators must stop ignoring 2G and 3G issues, says Comtek CEO

Comtek
Tuesday 03 June 14

Ericsson has today announced its Mobility Report which, for the first time, has revealed that mobile subscriptions will exceed the world’s population by 2015. In addition to this, while 4G/LTE coverage in Europe is expected to reach 80 percent by 2019…

Ericsson has today announced its Mobility Report which, for the first time, has revealed that mobile subscriptions will exceed the world’s population by 2015. In addition to this, while 4G/LTE coverage in Europe is expected to reach 80 percent by 2019, subscriptions to this service are only expected to achieve 30 percent penetration.

Askar Sheibani, CEO of telecoms repair and support firm, Comtek, argues that this is a prime reason why operators must step up their efforts in maintaining 2G and 3G networks:

“The Ericsson report indicates significant growth in mobile connectivity, in terms of both the number of people accessing mobile services and the availability of high-speed 4G networks. This is great movement for the telecoms industry, but operators must be able to support this with a rock solid 2G and 3G infrastructure, if they are to keep customers happy, connected and subscribing. Many communities, particular in rural areas, rely on these networks, resulting in social exclusion as breakages and faults become increasingly common.

“2G and 3G networks enable basic communication – from calls, texts to internet access. The current situation, where many regions are lacking mobile phone service to make even the most basic call and 3G connectivity is patchy at best, is leaving consumers and businesses unsatisfied and sceptical of operator promises of a ‘next generation’ network. Not only is consistent 2G and 3G connectivity paramount to consumer subscription of 4G and 5G services, but it is essential to facilitate the level of subscribers Ericsson predicts.

“Operators need to invest in 2G and 3G networks, before getting swept away with the 4G and 5G tide. Yes, innovation in next generation networks is important, but let’s not run before we can walk, operators need to first address the current problems plaguing European connectivity and honour their responsibility to deliver a dependable network across the board.”


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