Solar-powered base stations

African networks benefitting

African mobile-service providers are tapping into solar energy to power base stations and connect users in remote areas to mobile networks.

Africa's largest mobile telecommunication company, MTN, and east African regional service provider Safaricom are using solar energy and bio-fuel, they have announced.

Solar-powered base stations are already used in Malawi and Morocco where Ericsson has developed them for rural areas without access to electricity.

Ericsson and MTN are also developing a project to power base stations using bio-fuels from palm and pumpkin seeds.

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