MTN Nigeria, Huawei complete deployment of RuralStar

MTN Nigeria and Huawei have completed the commercial deployment of the much-anticipated solution providing low-cost long-distance voice and mobile broadband services for remote local rural areas.

The Ruralstar 2.0 solution helps link previously unconnected communities.

Huawei’s Ruralstar 2.0 solution aims to reduces the total cost of ownership by 50 percent for a given target coverage area in contrast with traditional site solutions.

Using low-band non-line of sight wireless long term evolution relay, it allows site deployment locations to change from high towers to low poles with a height of only 12 metres.

This reduces the site infrastructure construction cost by 70 percent.

In addition, low-band LTE relay allows for the single-hop transmission distance of up to 40 kilometre, and therefore can be used as a substitute for microwave transmission and costly traditional satellite narrowband transmission.

Vice President of Huawei Wireless Network product line, Cao Ming  said Ruralstar aimed to create a healthy business ecosystem and connect the unconnected in emerging markets.


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