Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, Ken Hu has said that 5G has become a cross-cutting driver for growth, making many sectors commercially viable.
Speaking during the 14th Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) being held in Dubai, Mr. Hu noted that the capabilities of 5G have given great access to mobile service providers to improve their B2B solutions while giving sectors such as the mines and manufacturing commercial viability.
“Clearly 5G has become a new growth engine for mobile operators and I think the biggest difference is that 5G capabilities gave the industry a great opportunity to gain access into B2B markets. After 4 years, we have identified some key scenarios such as remote-controlled machines and we have also identified sectors such as mining and manufacturing where we can scale up commercial capabilities” Mr. Hu said.
The Chairman also pointed out that 5G has grown from trial to become commercially viable, adding that the world has at least 260 5G networks covering almost half of the global population. He also revealed that there are nearly 1.5 billion 5G users in the world currently and that the adoption of 5G is better than 4G.
Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA backed Hu’s sentiments adding that the participation of non-tech companies such as fintech, aviation in 5G is more than 50% as they equally want to understand how they can leverage its capabilities. Mr. Granryd explained that 5G is a good run and will be even be a better run in the coming years.
Even though 5G roll out is in its budding stages in Zambia, the appetite to deploy it on a large scale especially by telco’s like MTN remains assuring. In January 2023, MTN Zambia launched the first ever commercial 5G in Zambia, promising to transform businesses and livelihood beyond simple connectivity. There statement read.
With countries like Botswana already exploring 5G capabilities in the mining sector, there is no doubt that 5G equally presents a great opportunity for Zambia’s extractive industry.
Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are among the pioneers of 5G internet in Africa.
This year’s MBBF delves into insights that makes the industry understands why there should be massive acceleration to 5G deployment.
The MBBF originally started in Oslo in 2012, since then it has been an annual event that provides a platform for the captains of the industry to discuss mobile communications at length and also share best insights and trends across the world. This year’s forum will incorporate both online and onsite activities, providing an exciting opportunity for players in the mobile and adjacent vertical ecosystems to explore 5G business success, promote ecosystem maturity, and accelerate 5.5G commercialization.
MultiChoice launches GOtv Stream in Zambia. A new way to experience the best of sports and entertainment!
NO stranger to bringing entertainment into homes across the nation, MultiChoice is expanding its online offering, by introducing GOtv Stream to GOtv customers across Zambia.
“It is no secret that more and more people are leaning toward streaming services to experience uninterrupted entertainment that’s uninhibited by infomercials and ads. GOtv Stream is just another way MultiChoice Zambia is continuing our trend of upward innovation, as we strive to evolve with our audiences and their viewing needs.”, says Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia
MultiChoice and DStv have already made their presence in the digital space with their online platform – DStv Stream, and now GOtv customers can enjoy the same user-friendly, and personalized streaming at their fingertips. The new feature allows viewers to seamlessly watch their favourite programmes and other content on electronic devices, keeping them connected at any time and from anywhere.
Ms Kooma reiterates that, “You may recall, GOtv was officially launched in Zambia on 5th September 2011, and now with the introduction of GOtv Stream customers will enjoy a great online service. What drives innovation for us, is providing our customers with the content they love, in the way that best suits them. As the home of the best sports and entertainment we will continue to deliver unrivalled value and choice for our customers”.
She adds: “GOtv Stream is an online service that will allow all GOtv customers take a subscription and enjoy our content anywhere and at any time. The launch of GOtv will allow us to expand our online offering and bring more great entertainment closure to the customers”.
Some of the functionality available are; Live TV, TV guide, CatchUp, use on up to four devices, downloading content to devices, and Live Chat. All paid up GOtv customers, with an internet connection can download and use GOtv Stream for free – available on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Government secures an equity partner for Mopani Copper Mines
FOLLOWING the ongoing negotiations to revamp operations at Mopani Copper Mines on the Copperbelt, Government has finally secured an equity partner.
The Equity partner being International Resources Holdings (IRH) an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding was selected after an extensive process.
The process was undertaken by ZCCM-IH, together with Rose Child and Company, a company based in South Africa.
In carrying out the process of revamping the mine, which started last year in June, the process focussed on assessing Mopani’s balance sheet due to high level indebtedness and also finding a suitable partner for sustainable development.
Announcing the development, Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said the selection of an equity partner will help restore life back into Mopani.
“I wish to announce and I am so glad and exited to announce that after extensive and thorough process, Government through the directors of ZCCM-IH have appointed a strategic equity partner for Mopani. The preferred partner selected is International Resource Holding Limited an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding company,” he said.
He said the partner selected is expected to inject funds into Mopani to stabilise short term work requirements, completion of the mine projects and unlock its potential.
Mr Kabuswe also stated that the equity partner will also reset the existing relationship with Glencore.
He further added that other details of the development at Mopani will be announced in due course when signing of the deal is being made.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Over 30 people trapped after a mine accident in Chingola
MORE than 30 people are believed to be trapped in an open pit mine in Chingola district on the Copperbelt after a mining accident.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu said the affected are trapped as a result of earth collapsing and has since asked the nation at large to put the affected in prayer.
Mr Mwiimbu speaking in Parliament said more than 30 people are trapped and the rescue team is on site
“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy that is brewing in Chingola where a number of our people have been affected by a collapse of the open pit in Chingola. We have more than 30 people under the rubble and we are struggling to retrieve them. We would like to ask all of us to put our citizens in prayer,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)