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Going mobile in rural and developing regions

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Mobile devices are changing the way we live.

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are playing an increasing role in how people work, communicate, shop, network and receive information. Mobile computing has been in the news so frequently over the past two years that the average consumer would think that this is a brand new innovation.

As we know, mobile computing has been around for more than a decade. Lack of wireless connectivity, poor interface design and inefficient power management restricted early mobile devices. As a result, broad commercial success took a while.

But those obstacles have been overcome and we are living in a mobile world.

According to a Flurry report, the number of tablet devices activated on 25 December, 2012 was 17.4 million, two-and-a-half times more than on Christmas 2011. Add to this to the fact that tablet activations have surpassed smartphone activations (51% to 49%) for the first time, and that 92% of Internet traffic to iPads is over Wi-Fi (as opposed to 3G/4G), and you can see what a huge impact this is going to have on some networks.

(It’s a good thing these are almost all personally owned devices and won’t be impacting your educational and corporate networks, right?)

Consider also the recent US approval on TV white space (available frequency within UHF and VHS). This will have a great impact on mobile technology, regulation and a new standard of 802.11ac for Wi-Fi. This development will facilitate very high-speed, efficient Internet connectivity in rural areas and developing countries.

TV white space will work perfectly when integrated with 4GLTE Advance and connected to Wi-Fi 802.11ac radio, which will enable a very high bandwidth for triple-play video-streaming without buffing, and a longer-distance Internet connection with non-line-of-sight challenges. It will resolve intermittent Internet services, which has been the major obstacle to mobile-computing penetration and cloud computing for rural areas and developing countries with last-mile challenges.

The use of smart devices is exploding. Gartner predicts sales of 1.2 billion smart devices in 2013, with much of this sales growth in the consumer market as a media-consumption platform.

However, more and more enterprises are evaluating and using tablets for their mobile workforces. Gartner also predicted that this year, 80 percent of businesses will support tablets for their employees. Enterprises are excited about the smaller form-factor and increased mobility, but they still have concerns about privacy, security and device management.

Adesanya Ahmed, CGEIT, CRISC

Founder--CTO of Petrovice Resources International, LTD. (ICT Solution Providers)

Lagos, Nigeria

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