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MainOne, which is owned by Equinix, the prominent provider of connectivity and data center services in West Africa, has strengthened its interconnection capabilities through the utilisation of Equinix Fabric 

This integration allows MainOne to expand its network reach and offer its enterprise customers flexible, instant, and smooth connectivity to cloud providers, remote markets, and local infrastructure. This connectivity is made possible by leveraging the MainOne network and extending it onto Platform Equinix, ensuring a seamless and agile experience for their customers.

In the new expansion, MainOne will utilise Equinix IBX data centers in Lisbon (LS1) and London (LD5) to create geographic diversity, enabling its customers connect their IT infrastructure to a dynamic and rich ecosystem, enjoying more direct access to Cloud services, and higher performance, ensuring they are able to stay ahead of their competitors with low-latency and secure IT infrastructure.

Roaming data revenue to hit US$10bn by 2024 with travel disruption

Juniper Research, expert in the mobile roaming market, has found that operators will generate over US$10bn of roaming data revenue globally in 2024, an increase from US$8.6bn in 2023. However, the report warned that despite an annual growth of 15%, operators’ future retail roaming revenue will be threatened by the emergence of competing travel mobility solutions. Travel mobility solutions include the option for roaming subscribers to adopt a temporary local profile rather than incur roaming charges when travelling internationally.

eSIMs to enable travel mobility services

The research identified eSIMs as the key enabling technology for the growth of travel mobility services; eSIMs are inbuilt eUICCs (Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Cards) that are operator-agnostic. This enables roaming subscribers to adopt local profiles through digital platforms, rather than relying on roaming via physical SIMs. By 2024, over 1.5 billion smartphones globally will leverage eSIMs for cellular connectivity, and is anticipated to reach 3.5 billion by 2027.

Additionally, it is expected that mobile subscribers’ potential roaming costs will increase as consumers’ demand for data proliferates following the increased deployment of 5G networks. The research recommended operators to launch travel mobility services aimed specifically at long-term travelers that do not wish to incur these roaming charges or are likely to become permanent roamers.

Management platforms key to travel mobility growth

To maximise the opportunities in the travel mobility market provided by eSIMs and minimise the potential for roaming charges, operators must also provide travel mobility services to subscribers roaming on their network. However, to reduce friction in the adoption of these services, a user-facing digital platform must be offered to subscribers. These platforms must allow subscribers to self-manage their travel mobility mobile subscriptions, including the setup, data allowance and cancellation in real time. As a result, this will lessen the reliance on the delivery of physical SIM cards that can increase the time for a travel mobility subscription to be created.

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