The Covid-19 has accelerated the maturity of rural areas in Africa as promising market niches. Several operators are already directing their investments there. Avanti Communications Group, aware of this situation, has taken steps to support them in their operational choices.
The provider of telecom satellite services Avanti Communications Group revealed, Tuesday, October 5, the launch of a new service called Avanti Extend. Dedicated to rural connectivity in Africa, this solution is designed to respond to the concerns of telecom operators who wish to reach populations living in remote areas, often difficult to access and where the deployment of telecom equipment is difficult.
Avanti Communications Group explained that with the Avanti Extend solution, mobile network operators will not need to manage satellite configurations, hub infrastructure or terrestrial networks to deploy a successful satellite cellular link topology. In addition, it allows telecom operators to reduce their investment expenditure for network extension.
Libby Barr (pictured), chief operating officer at Avanti, explained that the satellite operator has made it a mission to ” work in partnership with Africans to foster growth, protect communities and open up opportunities for individuals , businesses and governments by creating better connections across the continent. By working in close collaboration with MNOs [mobile network operators, Editor’s note], the launch of Avanti Extend will help make this mission a reality ”.
The launch of Avanti Extend by Avanti Communications Group comes 3 months after the signing of a partnership agreement with Clear Blue Technologies International. The terms of the five-year agreement with the company specializing in the supply of off-grid electrical energy stipulated that it deploys its intelligent solar energy solutions, with remote management and control, on telecoms equipment. the satellite operator across the continent in order to make telecoms services accessible to more people.
According to the World Association of Telephone Operators (GSMA), 206 million people, some of whom live in rural areas, were still not covered by a mobile network in 2020 in sub-Saharan Africa. The new service from Avanti Communications Group has the potential to raise the mobile penetration rate, which was 46% at the end of 2020.