Safaricom trials new base stations for urban areas

08 February 2019

The TubeStar occupies much less land than typically required for a BST and also houses all equipment within a protective tower structure.

The TubeStar occupies much less land than typically required for a BST and also houses all equipment within a protective tower structure.

 

Safaricom is trialling new network coverage technology aimed at enhancing coverage in urban areas. 

Known as the TubeStar base station, the operator claims the solution replaces the standard tower base station with a tubular structure that occupies up to 75 per cent less land than typically required.

In addition, it says the new BST eliminates the need for a protective compound and perimeter wall by incorporating all equipment within the tower structure.

Furthermore, it’s claimed the technology eliminates the need for diesel generators by replacing these with high-performance lithium batteries.

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Konnect Africa launches internet offers in DRC

08 February 2019

Konnect Africa, Eutelsat’s pan-continental broadband initiative, has launched its first internet access offers throughout the DRC.

At the end of last November, it said internet access solutions for both households and SMEs were now available from a large network of local resellers across the country.

Konnect Africa unveiled a range of eight pre-paid offers for individuals and businesses.

It described the packages as “suitable for all consumer profiles”, with data usage deals ranging from 5GB to unlimited for professional users.

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BRCK and Clear Blue to serve next billion

08 February 2019

Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology will be used to power thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.

Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology will be used to power thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa.

 

Clear Blue Technologies International has been selected as the power service provider for BRCK, a hardware and services tech specialist based in Nairobi.

BRCK says that because connectivity is too expensive for the average African to afford, the majority of citizens in developing markets rely heavily on Wi-Fi.

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New CSquared CEO outlines Africa’s options for a digital revolution

08 February 2019

Lanre Kolade, the new chief executive of CSquared, said service providers should be able to concentrate on their core business rather than infrastructure challenges.

Lanre Kolade, the new chief executive of CSquared, said service providers should be able to concentrate on their core business rather than infrastructure challenges.



The new chief executive officer at pan-African broadband infrastructure provider CSquared has outlined some of the priorities facing ISPs and mobile wireless operators on the continent should Africa wish to welcome a digital revolution.

Speaking exclusively to Northern African Wireless Communications, Lanre Kolade said service providers should be able to concentrate on their core business and not get weighed down by infrastructure challenges.

He said one priority should be moving to open-access infrastructure, which offers several benefits for the operators, including “removing the capex burden by moving to an opex model”. 

 

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