Over the next three to five years, the partnership is expected to provide mobile network coverage to the 400 million people who currently cannot access mobile broadband services.
Sub-Saharan Africa has a young population with strong population growth expected, at a rate of 2.7% per year, more than double the growth rate in South Asia and Latin America. As a result, telecom operators are expected to invest $ 52 billion in infrastructure from 2019 ?? 2025, a large part of which will be in rural deployment.
Commenting on the partnership, Miriam Tuerk, CEO and Co-Founder of Clear Blue Technologies, said: ?? We are delighted to partner with Avanti to provide key telecommunications services to rural sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately connecting the billions of people around the world who lack telecoms and internet access. With only 26% of sub-Saharan Africa already connected via mobile internet, we are eager to bring connectivity to areas where costs and lack of infrastructure make internet services prohibitive.
This partnership will accelerate the rural deployment of low-cost connectivity solutions in areas where network coverage and broadband services are limited or non-existent. Avanti and Clear Blue have already successfully delivered these connectivity solutions in large deployments in Africa’s largest economies.
Avanti’s rural network coverage solution supports 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity across Africa. As part of this joint rural deployment effort, Avanti will provide critical high-speed Ka-band satellite connectivity and VSAT equipment. At the same time, Clear Blue will deploy its smart off-grid solar energy solutions with remote management and control.
Libby Barr, chief operating officer at Avanti, added:? Our core belief is that everyone deserves the socio-economic benefits of a more connected life, and this partnership with Clear Blue will bring life-enhancing coverage to rural communities in remote areas. With Clear Blue, we will be able to deploy thousands of sites across sub-Saharan Africa, connecting a population that is growing by 2.7% per year. We expect the remote telecommunications market to continue to take off and look forward to being at the forefront of expanding rural network coverage.