MediaTek at the concluded AfricaCom 2016 held in Cape Town South Africa announced its collaboration with multinational telecommunications company, Ericsson to make LTE -advanced features available in mainstream mobile devices in Africa.
The partnership would ensure the affordability of devices that support LTE -Advanced technology to consumers across the region.
The solution allows consumers to experience a network download speed of up to 300 Mbps and a 50 Mbps upload speed.
It improves coverage quality, provides enhanced HD video capabilities, offers faster data access, and reduces packet latencies.
Currently, mobile devices that can support this technology are considered ‘high–end’, costing as much as $800.
MediaTek’ s smartphone chipset technology, which enables consumers to take advantage of the benefits of carrier aggregation, will be available on affordable MediaTek-powered handsets for the mass market in Africa.
This is the first time that two-carrier aggregation will be available at affordable prices.
Speaking on the new development, Finbarr Moynihan, General Manager, Corporate Sales International, said that, “By collaborating with Ericsson, MediaTek can offer a superior mobile broadband experience at an affordable price.
“This is another step toward MediaTek’s goal of democratizing technology – making world- class leading technology more accessible to everyone.”
This collaboration would ensure the availability of devices that will operate on a faster, more advanced 4G LTE network to users in the region transitioning from feature phones to smartphones.
Also speaking, Ajay Sood, Head of Network Products, Region sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson, said that, “Our research shows that today, most mobile broadband devices are, and will continue to be, smartphones. Many consumers in sub-Saharan Africa first experience the internet on a smartphone. This ability to enhance accessibility to advanced devices by making them more affordable makes this partnership even more exciting.”