Syniverse, the world’s most connected company, and China Telecom Global (CTG), a subsidiary of China Telecommunications Corporation has recently announced they have formed a strategic partnership to provide mobile operators in the Middle East and Africa with a new suite of connectivity solutions for quickly and cost-effectively migrating to 4G and other advanced voice, data, and video services.
The partnership will allow customers of Middle East and Africa operators to move to the next generation of mobile internet services like 4G, Rich Communication Services (RCS), and the internet of things (IoT).
“4G service – and soon, 5G – will quickly become the new mobile-service standard in the developing mobile markets of the Middle East and Africa,” said Deng Xiaofeng, CEO, China Telecom Global. “Mobile users in this region will increasingly expect access to 4G speed and capacity anywhere they go. To meet this demand, China Telecom Global is working closely with Syniverse to deliver this service offering to our operators’ subscribers in a flexible, cost-efficient way.”
“The increasing sophistication of 4G rollouts and the need to quickly complete these service upgrades present challenges that will only be able to be fully solved with the high-performance technology of IPX,” said Dean Douglas, CEO and President, Syniverse.
“Syniverse was the first to offer an IPX-based single-solution 4G testing environment to ensure that mobile operators could test all their services through one connection. We look forward to using this experience, our IPX Network and Diameter Signaling Service products, and our partnership with China Telecom Global to deliver the next generation of mobile internet connectivity to the rapidly growing mobile markets of the Middle East and Africa.”
The Middle East and North Africa market offers a promising opportunity for the rollout of 4G and other advanced mobile services in the next few years, according to GSMA Intelligence.
Mobile penetration rates still are below 80%, allowing plenty of room for subscriber growth. 4G presents an even bigger opportunity since only about a quarter of connections in the region currently use 4G.