Project Rural

Rural Transformation Project

We bring voice and data connectivity to unserved and underserved communities. We design, deploy, manage and maintain wireless and fibre optic networks, switches, data centres and other critical services for seamless connectivity. We have deployed more than 2,500 cellular tower sites and a 4,000km fibre network across our market. More than 72 percent of our cellular sites are solar-powered and form the backbone for our rural telephony services.

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Project Background

Over the last 20 years, Nigeria has seen an upsurge in the development of Telecommunications in the country. The transformation grew from just over 1 million subscribers in the year 2000 to well over 180 million in August 2020. In that same period, the number of Nigerians without access to telecommunication servers reduced from 93% to 20%.

Unfortunately, the Network penetration coverage of over 70% of Nigeria has been limited to the urban and suburban areas, leaving many rural communities “cut off”, without access to telecommunication services. As expected, despite the government’s intervention through NCC’s Universal Service Provision initiative, most of the MNO’s have focused their base stations and coverage in urban areas, away from the low ARPU rural communities.

With the net revenues of passive collocation gradually falling, as well as an advancement in the upcoming trend in the world of telecommunications of wholesale networking, i.e. “network as a service”, existing towercos are currently using this opportunity to extend their current forte. These companies are now partnering with the MNO’s by investing in providing both active and passive infrastructure in these rural communities.

It is clear that over time, this “Network-as-a-Service” phenomenon would soon extend to suburban and urban areas, as competition in current markets intensifies and MNO’s are compelled to share revenue risks. It is therefore important that the current towercos begin to engage In this rural telephony initiative, as the future of their business will be largely shaped by this.

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Infrastructure Solutions

For Medium density areas from 2,500 to 7,000 inhabitants – Medium-sized, isolated villages, Groups of separated communities.

TYPICAL SITE AND COVERAGE DESCRIPTION

Technical specifications
2 x TRX @ 20W 2G
1 carrier @ 20W 3G
Up to 56 concurrent calls or 42 Erlang
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/3G
165W average power consumption
1 Dual polarization sectorial antenna at 11dBi

Typical Site Information
Between 2500 and 7000 inhabitants
Coverage radius up to 10Km depending on Terrain • Usually for telco site outside the village for extended coverage

Backhaul BW requirement
Up to 28 concurrent calls per BTS @ 3.43Kbps and 2 data timeslot at 80Kbps/ea
For a total of :256 Kbps max

Rural 2G/3G/4G devices

For Medium density areas from 2,000 to 4,000 inhabitants – Isolated villages

TYPICAL SITE AND COVERAGE DESCRIPTION

Technical specifications
2 TRX @ 10W supporting 2G/3G
Up to 28 concurrent calls or 21 Erlang
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS
140W average power consumption
2 sets of Omni-Directional antennas at 10dBi

Typical Site Information
Between 2000 and 4000 inhabitants
Coverage radius up to 3-7Km depending on Terrain
Typically the tower is installed village center

Backhaul BW requirement
Up to 28 concurrent calls per BTS @ 3.43Kbps and 2 data timeslot at 80Kbps/ea
For a total of :512 Kbps max

Ultra-Rural 2G/3G/4G devices

For Low density, remote area <2,000 inhabitants – Scattered population settlements

TYPICAL SITE AND COVERAGE DESCRIPTION

Technical specifications
1TRX@300mWor2W
Up to 14 concurrent calls or 8.2 Erlang
GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Up to 25W power consumption
Omni-Directional antenna at 8dBi

Typical site information
<2000 inhabitants
Coverage radius up to 2-3Km
Typically the Monopole is installed at the village center

Backhaul BW requirement
Up to 14 concurrent calls @ 3.43Kbps and 2 data timeslot at 80Kbps/ea
For a total of :208 Kbps max

Ultra-Ultra-Rural 2G devices