Vodacom Mozambique has signed an agreement with Alphabet’s balloon-powered internet connectivity provider Loon to increase access in rural areas of the country. Using the Loon solution, Vodacom will expand mobile network access to Cabo Delgado and Niassa provinces, two regions that have proven hard to cover in the past due to their large areas, low population density and challenging geography. The Loon solution will provide a 4G service that supports voice, data and mobile financial services. Customers do not need special equipment to use the Loon network, and their device will connect as if it is operating via a normal cell tower.
Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub said: ‘Vodacom’s partnership with Loon is a perfect example of how technological innovation can connect the most rural communities in Africa. We are pleased to be part of this initiative in Mozambique, which is helping to bridge the digital divide.’