Bridging the Digital Divide Efficiently

By Cambium Networks

Last week, we welcomed a delegation from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to our office in San Jose. Focusing on digital infrastructure initiatives, representatives from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia attended the event along with USTDA officials to learn about sustainable infrastructure and fostering economic growth. We discussed best practices of how fixed wireless broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity solutions can uplift communities around the world and bridge the digital divide.

Broadband connectivity is a basic need. Connectivity can rapidly advance economic development, education and healthcare and improve the quality of life for both urban and rural communities. As a leading player in the networking space, we have a responsibility to develop technologies that can not only bridge the digital divide but do so in a cost-efficient way. And even though we are a U.S.-based company, our efforts are global, as our employees live, work and provide support to communities around the world.

U.S. President Joe Biden recently stated, “The United States is committed to supporting every aspect of Africa’s inclusive growth and creating the best possible environment for sustained commercial engagement between African  and American companies. The United States is all in on Africa’s future.” 1

Everyone at Cambium Networks shares that sentiment. This is why we’ve been honored for the opportunity to showcase to the USTDA representatives how innovative technologies such as fixed wireless and Wi-Fi can make broadband access more affordable and close the digital divide in communities that need it the most. For instance, we shared examples of how Tizeti Network Limited, a fast-growing service provider with 1.5 million users in Nigeria, has delivered reliable and affordable connectivity in Africa and expanded internet access with Cambium Networks solutions. The visit also included a demonstration of our multi-gigabit speed fixed wireless broadband, and both indoor and long-range outdoor Wi-Fi 6/6E access points.

Cambium Networks’ fixed wireless broadband solutions accelerate the time to service and offer a superior capital efficiency profile to alternatives like fiber. Network operators can provide broadband access across a broader geography, reaching a greater number of residential and enterprise addresses, at a faster pace than ever before.  These are benefits that local communities, particularly in Africa, value the most when looking for ways to modernize their networking infrastructures to bring affordable broadband to communities quickly.   

We are pleased to work with USTDA in sharing our solutions as a part of their Bridging the Digital Divide in Southern Africa Reverse Trade Mission Business Briefing.

1 U.S. Trade and Development Agency, FACT SHEET: Advancing U.S. Infrastructure Solutions in Africa, December 16, 2022

Published March 24, 2023