Gabon to boost rural mobile coverage

14 Sep 2017

The government of Gabon has launched a ‘Universal Service Fund’ programme in order to bring mobile and data services to around 3,000 rural locations nationwide, reports Developing Telecoms. WTL Vivada will provide the shared, multi-operator RAN and service platform to connect isolated villages, which will potentially connect 15% of the population to previously unavailable mobile services. The programme will utilise a national roaming approach, whereby the infrastructure is shared between different providers to give maximum coverage and opportunity for customers to afford mobile and data services in these rural regions. A Proof of Concept (PoC) has reportedly already been completed and it is anticipated that phase one of the deployment of the scheme will take place within the final quarter of this year.