Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 49

COUNTRY FOCUS: ALGERIA “We are seeing this in the long-distance transport as well as the city and metropolitan loops on IP and optics,” said Chaume. “All the telcos have taken the initiative to modernise their networks, usually to compete with 4G demands, FTTX projects and to lower latency with new optic and IP technologies. “So, the network quality is adapting to the 3G and 4G demand. There are ongoing ultra-broadband initiatives and service providers now focusing on customer experience management solutions to better monetise their data. We believe this is a very positive move for the Algerian telco market.” Nokia is also a key player in the core network transformation that operators are currently going through. “It is not simply a packet core transformation, but includes a focus on future use cases, which incorporates cloud platforms and prepares the network for the Internet of Things (IoT),” added Chaume. “We are anticipating what will be required of the network in the future and preparing it to deliver on that.” There is a lot interest in using IoT to solve real-world problems and Nokia are observing the same in the Algerian market. “There are a number of initiatives at the moment, being driven by either the separate operators, by the government or by some cities,” explained Chaume. “This is being driven strongly by the government. I believe this is a major step in the right direction and is crucial in their drive to diversify the country’s economy. They are pushing for nationwide penetration, using fibre and other complimentary technologies where it has become too difficult to install fibre.” Operators in Algeria are currently focusing on modernising the backbone transport of the country. “We are seeing different use cases from the different players in the ecosystem, with a very strong focus on smart cities. These use cases include smart parking, smart lighting and video analytics.” Chaume says that, while growth in global revenues for the local service providers is currently flat, it doesn’t mean that there is no growth. “On the contrary, there has been significant growth in services, Internet and data penetrations over the past two years,” he said. INTELLIGENTCIO 49