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Preparing for the network technologies of tomorrow

Sometimes the technology discussions across Africa turn rather lazily towards whether the continent is keeping up with the rest of the world.

We are.

Behind the scenes, there is a lot of work going on by network operators such as Liquid Telecom, to not only make sure networks are in-line with global standards, but that we are ready for the network technologies of tomorrow.

In June, Liquid Telecom played a key role in the first ever MEF Seminar in Nairobi. Liquid Telecom is the only pan-African fibre network operator to receive MEF 2.0 certification, and the event was an opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with the wider telecoms and tech community in Kenya.

From technical frameworks through to global deployment trends, the seminar touched on a range of important issues facing network operators today.

The Carrier Ethernet services market is estimated to exceed $50 billion globally in 2016. Adopting global standards such as MEF 2.0 certification gives international service providers confidence in a local African partner, ensuring they can offer guaranteed SLAs and a host of other performance indicators. In short, they make sure we are all singing from the same song sheet.

But at the same time there's a much bigger vision at play - global standards such as MEF 2.0 certification are also guiding the way to the networks of tomorrow.

In case you haven't heard, there are some new technologies knocking around that are promising big things for the telecoms industry. With the help of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV), the networks of tomorrow will be far smarter and faster than they are today. Introducing networks to greater levels of automation and virtualisation will enable operators to offer enterprise customers more dynamic services – services that can withstand the insatiable demand for bandwidth in the modern digital age.

The MEF's Third Network initiative is planning ahead with this transition by developing guidelines that ensure all these clever networks of tomorrow will be able to interconnect with one another and perform at the same high level.

There are some complex and detailed discussions already underway to make sure this happens, with Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom Group CTO and CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya, and Chris Mwangi, Lead IP Engineer at Liquid Telecom Kenya, both sharing their views and insights during the seminar.

Nairobi was a fitting stage for these discussions to take place. The Kenyan capital has emerged as a technology hub for East Africa, and delegates at the event demonstrated an appetite to learn more about how to get involved.

Interest in next-generation technologies is growing across Africa and evolution will happen fast. We are proud to be taking an active stance on preparing for the networks of tomorrow.

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