Originally posted in LinkedIn on May 19 by Matt Allpress, Channel Solutions Manager for EMEA at Cradlepoint, Inc.
It was a brilliant three days of speakers, networking and discussions around investing for the future of Africa at the Enterprise Mobility Forum in Hermanus, Western Cape. With over 160 delegates, 7 Smart Topics and 500+ meetings facilitated over the 3 days, it was exciting to be part of this excellent forum to share how enterprises are being enabled to get ahead and embrace next generation of networking. Top of mind were the many elements of business network architecture — issues such as WAN diversity, unified threat management, carrier redundancy and network quality of service.
Smart Enterprise is a concept that has been around for a few years now. It was coined by entrepreneur and investor Joe Lonsdale. He describes it as "enabling knowledge workers to process and analyse massive amounts of heterogeneous data and to collaborate and monitor things." Increasing efficiencies, streamlining work process and enabling central management offers huge opportunities for rapid change in businesses and societies. However, connecting people, machines and information requires a massive amount of data and high security. It’s a big challenge for telcos and IT service providers.
The evolution of distributed enterprise network and its ability to power today’s enterprise has dramatically changed since 2000. Across South Africa, wireless WAN (WWAN) connectivity is pervasive and is quickly evolving the network landscape. According to the GSMA report on SSA, “South Africa is the largest mobile market, accounting for nearly one-third of total subscribers in the SADC sub-region, with 38 million unique subscribers as of June 2015. South Africa will account for more than half of new 4G connections over the next five years, reflecting an established 4G ecosystem and continued investment in infrastructure rollout by operators.”