MTN, Huawei deploy mobile solution for rural areas

5 Apr 2018

MTN Nigeria and Huawei have completed commercial deployment of the RuralStar 2.0 solution to provide low-cost, long-distance voice and mobile broadband services for remote rural areas. Using low-band NLOS LTE Relay, it allows site deployment locations to change from high towers to low poles with a height of 12m, reducing the site infrastructure construction cost by 70%. In addition, low-band LTE Relay allows for the single-hop transmission distance of up to 40km, and therefore can be used as a substitute for microwave transmission and costly traditional satellite narrowband transmission. RuralStar 2.0 also uses low power consumption equipment enabling solar energy for the power supply.

‘RuralStar aims to create a healthy business ecosystem and connect the unconnected in emerging markets,’ commented Cao Ming, Vice President of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line, adding: ‘Huawei will work with the industry to eliminate the digital divide in emerging markets so that more people can enjoy the convenience brought by wireless communications and mobile internet.’

Nigeria, Huawei Technologies, MTN Nigeria