Orange Expands Rural Phone Coverage in Niger
Published on: 13th Nov 2012
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Orange has expanded its rural coverage in the African country of Niger after Altobridge completed its first phase of mobile connectivity deployments in remote regions of the country.
So far, over 50 off-grid village communities have been connected across Niger, allowing an average of 1,200 people in each location to benefit from mobile telecoms services for the first time. In such remote areas, network connection was previously limited due to the impracticality of terrestrial backhaul, the cost of fuel transportation and the high costs of deploying traditional tower structures.
As such, connectivity to the Orange network at each location is provided via solar-powered radio base stations, each with advanced satellite backhaul optimisation technology built-in.
Marc Ricau, Country Director for Orange's Africa and the Middle East division said, "What Orange Niger has achieved shows just what can be accomplished by combining advanced communications technology with green-energy to deliver affordable mobile connectivity to some of the world's most remote communities."