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WTL brings Africa, VoIP expertise to Facebook's network project

World Telecom Labs
Tuesday 19 April 16

The Telecom Infra Project today gains a new member with extensive experience in building voice and data networks in Africa. Award-winning World Telecom Labs (WTL) is amongst the first wave of companies to join the group and will be sharing its knowledge and expertise on two fronts…

The Telecom Infra Project today gains a new member with extensive experience in building voice and data networks in Africa.

Award-winning World Telecom Labs (WTL) is amongst the first wave of companies to join the group and will be sharing its knowledge and expertise on two fronts: connecting rural villages in Africa and helping operators deploy VoIP networks to reduce congestion on existing networks.

To date, World Telecom Labs has deployments in more than 30 countries in Africa with a well-deserved reputation for excellent service, reliable products and an expert team with extensive experience in Africa.

An initiative co-founded by Facebook, The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) aims to drive a faster pace of innovation in telecom infrastructure to unlock new opportunities for everyone in the ecosystem. It provides a platform for operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators and other technology companies to develop ideas and innovate in three core areas: access, backhaul, and core and management.

TIP’s members include a raft of telco giants including Nokia and Deutsche Telecom with whom World Telecom Labs is well-placed to share its experience and ideas having built a niche for itself in the African telco market.

Leigh Smith, MD of WTL, said “How to connect the billions of people who do not yet have voice and data services has become a hot topic in the industry and we welcome Facebook’s and Mark Zuckerberg’s personal interest in connecting rural Africa.

Africa’s telecoms infrastructure has come a long way in a short period, and WTL has been very active with a multitude of initiatives, however, there is still much to do. We will ensure that TIP members not only understand the unique challenges faced in providing reliable and cost-effective networks across Africa – but are equipped to find sustainable solutions.”

World Telecom Labs will be taking part in the Innovation Africa Digital Summit taking place in Abuja, Nigeria this week.


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