Ericsson to Boost Rural Coverage in Benin
Published on: 23rd Oct 2015
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Ericsson has signed its first Managed Rural Coverage deal with MTN, bringing mobile coverage as a service to parts of central and northern Benin where there was none previously.
Managed Rural Coverage is a cost-competitive solution whereby Ericsson enables operators to provide mobile coverage for a set period according to service level agreements and defined key performance indicators.
In this case, Ericsson and MTN Benin have signed an agreement for five years.
Under the terms of this contract, access will be provided via low-power consumption Ericsson radio base stations running on solar energy to avoid the high costs and emissions associated with diesel generators. Transmission will be provided via satellite to avoid the high costs and civil works associated with building a microwave backhaul network in remote villages. In this way, it was possible to create a business model to provide mobile coverage to parts of Benin where people have to survive on less than 2 dollars a day.
MTN Benin has been an Ericsson customer since 1999, with Ericsson serving as the sole supplier of core, packet core, radio, transmission and charging system nodes. In January, Ericsson and MTN Benin announced a partnership to retrieve and safely dispose of electronic equipment that has reached end of life.