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ATU canvasses more spectrum allocation to boost telcoms in Africa

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The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has sought more spectrum allocation in the region to boost telecoms services.

It made the appeal yesterday when it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to fast-track the technology roll out across the continent.

It was also the launch of the first set of ATU spectrum recommendations that focuses on transforming Africa into a knowledge economy through the development of technologies that boost connectivity and innovation.

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The regional telecoms body observed that in Africa today, a limited amount of spectrum was being allocated to the mobile industry besides other sectors of communication to facilitate the transmission of wireless signals.

ATU said the launched spectrum recommendations outline the importance of awarding the radio spectrum in countries across Africa in a timely, predictable and cost-effective fashion so as to support affordable, high-quality delivery of information and communications technology (ICT) services and spur smart technology initiatives.

The recommendations also establish the idea that licensing should be technology-neutral and allow for service innovations.

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