Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) is committed to extending access to telecom services to more isolated areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
To this end, the organization has extended its ongoing service agreement with Vanu Inc, the provider of equipment, tools and services that enable mobile network operators to serve off-grid communities. It will equip AMN with more than 2,500 small telecom cells powered by solar energy. This will bring to more than 3,000 the number of telecom systems ordered by AMN in Vanu, Inc. over the past two years.
Andrew Beard, President and CEO of Vanu Inc. believes that while mobile network operators have significantly increased network coverage in recent years, off-grid markets still present unique challenges that leave 1.2 billion people without blanket. For AMN and Vanu, the small telecom cells powered by solar energy, correct this weakness and provide access to the network to the unconnected. This is “an important opportunity for our organizations to positively affect more communities in more African countries,” said Beard.
Thanks to its commitment to Africa, AMN has already, for some years now, helped to increase the access of more than 1.1 million people to the telecom network. The organization, aware of the socio-economic impact of telecoms, wants to further expand the telecom network coverage of landlocked rural areas of the continent.