4G Networks will boost apps developers in Africa

Posted on February 6, 2013 08:48 pm

As a coder, Contador Harrison know ways of exploiting high-speed connections of 4G networks to enhance apps performance and capabilities. Video apps in Africa are expected to benefit most since 4G technology of Long Term Evolution will allow streaming of High Definition video over connections that are likely to deliver average download speeds of minimum 5Mega bytes per second at the beginning. Developers of mobile apps in Africa should look at giving users live audio streaming because its offers the best bet in terms of revenue and growth in the continent. The huge difference between 3G and 4G network connections is definitely between streaming audio and video. Unfortunately, in Africa streaming video is something that is rarely done at the moment because 4G is not yet ready for mass deployment yet. Once 4G networks are fully rolled out, there then it will be possible to deploy it.I expect that after full deployment across the continent, technology starts ups will develop apps that have video clips of artists performing songs while users would be able to listen to them on the radio stream. In this way, companies in Africa could integrate video into their audio offerings and give users a more comprehensive multimedia experience than they could at the moment. However, all that will entirely depend on faster wireless connections that will increase usage of video. The capacity for increased real time interactivity, I expect will impact the mobile gaming industry that hasn’t yet taken off in the continent despite the huge potential it has. Faster connection speeds on 4G networks would help his companies in Africa take their smartphone games to a whole new level.

MTN Group is Africa's 4G market leader
MTN Group is Africa’s 4G market leader

With LTE developers will be able to do intensive, real time multiplayer games more like what we see on gaming consoles like PlayStation and X-Box. 4G networks deployments will be about developing entertainment and gaming applications. It will lead to the development of mobile apps that better enable real time collaboration between workers. In my own opinion, I do not think that future versions will give users more options as far as what types of files one can send over the smartphone. The sweetest news is that most companies with best talent in Africa, have their technology already optimized for mobile environments that don’t require a lot of bandwidth. This means even future apps won’t take up extra data, but they will allow users to send and receive more data themselves.I also expect 4G Network deployments to help users deal with larger documents and spreadsheets that can then support more charts and graphs. There will be no restriction to file size restraints as has been the case with 3G.I do anticipate that developers in Africa are more likely to wait until 4G technologies are ubiquitous before investing resources into creating more high-powered apps. In other words, app developers may figure that it won’t be worth their time developing apps that depend on 4G connection speeds until most people in their respective countries have access to 4G services. Certainly, it will be a while before developers put some interactive apps out there because it will be a while before enough customers have access to the faster fourth generation networks.Some of the countries which have so far partly deployed the technology are Kenya,Tanzania,South Africa and Zimbabwe among others.

Contador Harrison