blog.onevillage.tv | Long Distance Wireless becomes another key toolset for get Broadband to the Last Mile
November 6, 2007 at 8:36 am by jefbuder · Filed under Disruptive Tech, Wireless News
According to the BBC Intel chairman Craig Barrett has been discussing the Wireless Africa Plan on a tour of Africa:
Africa needs to embrace wireless broadband as a potential solution to the digital divide, the chairman of Intel Craig Barrett has said. “It’s cheaper, easier and more efficient to communicate wirelessly,” he told the BBC News website.
The International Telecommunications Union has predicted that the Intel-backed Wimax system could become the dominant mobile standard in Africa.
Mr Barrett, who is in Africa as part of the Intel World Ahead programme, said: “In every African country, except some of the more established economies, cell phones vastly outnumber fixed line phones.
Intel obviously sees the writing on the wall.
Barrett in the article says that once you have the basic wireless network infrastructure and the undersea cables to transport the signal to bandwidth regions such as Europe in place you can “forget about wires and twisted copper and go directly to broadband wireless technologies like WiMax.”