Parallel Wireless, Hotspot Networks to offer connectivity to 500 Nigerian rural areas

Parallel Wireless, an Open RAN technology firm, has teamed up with Hotspot Network Ltd, a Network-as-a-Service provider, to bring coverage to previously unconnected rural sites in Nigeria. According to the parties, the goal of this collaboration is to connect rural populations to important services like as health, education, and financial services, thereby improving their quality...

Liberia: Vanu will deploy at least 200 telecom towers for Orange over the next two years

About 62% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lives in rural areas. These areas represent a market niche with high growth potential for telecom operators, as they are only weakly covered by telecom networks. Telecom operator Orange Liberia has begun implementing a service agreement signed last November with Vanu, Inc. to extend its mobile network to...

AXIAN Group secures €19m to power up rural Madagascar

WeLight, a company co-owned by pan-African conglomerate AXIAN Group, has secured €19-million in funding from a group of lenders – including the European Investment Bank (EIB), to help 250,000 people in rural Madagascar gain first-time access to clean electricity. The Group, comprised of the EIB, Triodos Investment Management and EDFI ElectriFI, a European Union-funded Electrification...

Madagascar: NuRAN signs USD90m deal with Orange

Canadian infrastructure supplier NuRAN Wireless has announced a new Network-as-a-Service agreement with Orange Madagascar for the deployment of up to 500 rural networking sites in the country’s east coast by 2025. The partnership will enable Orange to extend its mobile network footprint in remote areas of Madagascar, and to provide more than a million people...

MTN signs a five-year agreement with NuRAN to expand its presence in rural areas of Côte d’Ivoire

As of June 30, 2022, Côte d’Ivoire had nearly 46.5 million mobile phone subscribers, according to data from the regulator. MTN controlled 34% market share against 44% for Orange, the market leader.  Telecommunications operator MTN Côte d’Ivoire has signed a renewable five-year agreement with Canadian telecoms infrastructure provider NuRAN Wireless to expand its network presence in...

Govt provides USD200m for rural telephony and digital inclusion

The Ghanaian government has invested USD200 million to enable the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to accomplish its rural telephony and digital inclusion projects across the country, Ghanaian Times reported. The project, which forms part of the government’s ‘Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project’, seeks to facilitate the provision of universal access...

Rwanda: Vanu deploying solar-powered sites for MTN Rwanda

US-based equipment provider Vanu has launched a new partner programme in Rwanda to deploy mobile base stations in remote areas away from the electricity grid. Working with local firms HUI and Annos, Vanu says it will deploy hundreds of solar-powered base stations for the country’s largest mobile network operator (MNO), MTN Rwanda. Andrew Beard, CEO of Vanu, stated: ‘Connectivity is a...

MTN Invests $56.4-Million in Rural Limpopo & Mpumalanga, South Africa

MTN SA has announced a ramping up of investments to modernise existing and deploy new network infrastructure across Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa. The company says ultra-rural villages such as Mtititi and Ga Marishane will see benefits from the investment. The $56.4-million investment will go toward MTN’s “Modernisation of Network South Africa project” (MONZA) as...

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