A Fixed-Line Fiber Network is Needed in Africa

Ndaw_Pape_thumbnail Pape Ndaw April 14, 2017

This blog post is part of our video blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

Who hasn’t heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)? If you aren’t sure what it is, then I suggest reading my colleague, Mike Wolfe’s, terrific CommScope Definition blog explaining this technology.

IoT continues to evolve; however, it will likely involve different network requirements based on different applications because of increased bandwidth consumption. An emerging market for mobile operators is Africa. To support the continent’s bandwidth demands, mobile networks require a fixed-line fiber network.

In my latest vlog, I discuss how the penetration of smartphones in Africa is driving people to consume more bandwidth, requiring African operators to deploy more fiber in their networks.

About the Author


Pape Ndaw

Pape Ndaw is the Vice President of Global Sales Strategy, Planning and Operations for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for elaborating and executing the long term sales strategy and leading all sales support functions globally. Those include sales operations, customer service, sales enablement and inside sales. 

Pape Ndaw has been with CommScope for the past six years. His career spans supply chain leadership, sales and business development roles across a broad spectrum of industries including Automotive, Energy management, Strategy Consulting and most recently Telecoms. Before his currently role, Pape was leading sales for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He was combining that role with the one of General Manager for Africa. In that capacity, Pape and his team supported telecom carriers to deploy fiber based networks in the African continent bridging the internet connectivity gap in that part of the world. Pape brings a truly unique perspective to the business thanks to his broad international and functional exposure. In various leadership positions, Pape has lived and worked in Africa, France, China, Belgium and the USA. 

Pape holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bordeaux (France) as well as a Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris (France).