Mobile Broadband: Key element in developing economy


Alcatel-Lucent has a clear role to play in helping developing economies get connected with the global digital world, and that connection can have a significant impact on rising GDP, according to the company’s Asia Pacific President Rajeev Singh-Molares, who is visiting Sri Lanka this week.

Singh-Molares who holds the chairmanship of the World Economic Forum’s Global ICT Agenda cites a World Bank study that claims a 10 percent increase in mobile penetration leads to a one percent increase in low medium income GDP. "But is this relationship between GDP and mobile growth set, or can we accelerate it? According to a model developed by Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs and the World Economic Forum, with the right combination of actions and investment, we can accelerate the impact of mobility by as much as 36%, measured in GDP. The model predicts how mobile policies, applications, technology, and economics can impact the future. The team found that while mobile broadband is a good thing for economic and social growth, when we combine it with the right applications it gets even better. Mobility is about a lot more than being able to move around with a phone. It is about giving people access to services, information and markets. In short it is about giving people the ability to do more", said Singh-Molares.

"Alcatel-Lucent innovations are powering the mobile broadband networks of the future. Innovations such as lightRadio, which compresses the basestation into a cube that fits in your hand; A next generation Network processor called FP3 that deliver 400 Gigabits-per-second IP transmission speeds - four times faster than existing technology - will allow the delivery of cost effective broadband and fuel growth in the digital economy".

Alcatel-Lucent’s Managing Director for Sri Lanka & the Maldives, Upendra Samaratunge said that the company’s association with Sri Lanka started over 3 decades ago when the first digital exchange was supplied by them. "Since then we have been a major part of the telecom and infrastructure growth in Sri Lanka. We are a key supplier to the major operators here having installed End to End 2G and 3G mobile networks. Alcatel-Lucent has also connected Sri Lanka to the rest of the world by installing the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe undersea cable network".

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