Africa is the most digitally divided continent with only 44% unique mobile users (majority of them are in large cities where the end users have better financial means). To bridge the digital divide people, need access to technology, but it is a commercial dilemma for the regional mobile operators given the deployment cost. Though Parallel Wireless is a newcomer to Africa, the innovative technology took the region by storm – in less than a year, PW has deployments in Ghana, Nigeria, SA, Kenya to name a few as the technology allows mobile operators to bridge the digital divide cost-effectively. Parallel Wireless unique virtualized multi-technology solution helps to deliver coverage to these areas by making deployments easy and affordable to install, maintain and to upgrade to any G without any additional hardware. Parallel Wireless rural solution is a low-cost, low-footprint, low-power multi-technology coverage solution that allows operators to extend their initial 2G technology investment to when they are ready to upgrade to 3G, 4G, or 5G. The solution is easy to install (under 20 minutes per node) and requires minimum on-going maintenance which reduces OPEX. Additional OPEX reductions are delivered through lower site rental fees because of smaller footprint and power savings resulting from the lower power consumption of Parallel Wireless all-in-one base stations. The result is rural coverage can finally be affordable for a massive rollout. Reliable and affordable broadband is crucial for the growth of the region’s economy. It leads to a more inclusive society, enhanced collaboration and opens a plethora of global opportunities for local businesses. Besides, it encourages entrepreneurship and leads to a generation of more and newer jobs. Meet with us at booth B20A to learn about our global footprint and how we can help you connect the unconnected. Connect with Parallel Wireless on LinkedIn and Twitter.