MTN Nigeria and Huawei have completed commercial deployment of the RuralStar 2.0 solution.
The project provides low-cost long-distance voice and mobile broadband services for remote rural areas in Nigeria, helping to connect the unconnected.
In Nigeria Vision 2020, providing telecommunications in the rural areas is highlighted.
The construction cost of traditional tower-mounted macro sites is high in remote areas since infrastructure is poor and no mains supply or transmission resources are available. In addition, the average revenue per user (ARPU) is as low as $ 1 to $ 1.5, and the ROI period can be more than 10 years.
MTN and Huawei jointly innovated and introduced Huawei’s RuralStar 2.0 solution to reduces the TCO by 50% for a given target coverage area in contrast with traditional site solutions. Using low-band NLOS LTE Relay, it allows site deployment locations to change from high towers to low poles with a height of only 12 m, reducing the site infrastructure construction cost by 70%. In addition, low-band LTE Relay allows for the single-hop transmission distance of up to 40 km, and therefore can be used as a substitute for microwave transmission and costly traditional satellite narrowband transmission. Finally, RuralStar 2.0 uses low power consumption equipment enabling pure solar energy for the power supply.
It is being estimated that the ROI period with the newly deployed RuralStar 2.0 sites can be within three years.
“Everyone has the right to access the Internet. We are glad to see RuralStar improves villagers’ living standard.” Cao Ming, VP of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line said.
"RuralStar aims to create a healthy business ecosystem and connect the unconnected in emerging markets. 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."