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The partnerships between MTN Uganda and iSat Africa, and Vodafone Ghana and NuRAN Wireless, have now brought life-enhancing mobile coverage to up to 50,000 people in several deep rural communities.
The Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, which is funded by UK aid from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), was set up to expand digital inclusion in rural areas through innovative new technology solutions.
The winning vendors, NuRAN Wireless and iSat Africa, were each allocated over £330,000 to showcase innovation in passive equipment, radio access networks (RAN), power, backhaul, and business models that would improve the commercial feasibility of rural connectivity. All 12 of their 2G and 3G network sites in Ghana and Uganda are now live.
Find out about the winning vendors by clicking on the logos below and read more in this blog.
Monday 28 Sep 2020 | Connected Society | Ghana | GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Video |
NuRAN Wireless is one of the grantees of the GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity. In this short video, NuRAN illustrates the process from the initial cutting of metal for the towers through to the completed sites.
Monday 15 Jun 2020 | Connected Society | English | GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda | Video |
Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO of MTN Uganda, discusses the importance of bringing connectivity to rural communities, and highlights the role of innovation in making rural connectivity more commercially sustainable.
Thursday 2 Apr 2020 | Connected Society | English | Ghana | GSMA Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity | Innovation fund and grants | Rural network coverage | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda | Video |
In this video, learn about the project's main purpose and participants. Hear interviews with Vodafone Ghana, MTN Uganda, GIFEC, and the Chief of Abodom, a community in rural Ghana connected by previous collaboration between GIFEC and the mobile industry.