Uganda And Ghana Set To Explore GSMA-Backed Connectivity Solutions

Over the next 18 months, Vodafone Ghana and MTN Uganda will reportedly be working with iSat Africa, Fairwaves Inc. and NuRAN to test new mobile connectivity solutions for unconnected rural areas in Africa.

This project is the GSMA’s initiative through its ground-breaking Connected Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity that provided grants to iSat Africa, NuRAN and Fairwaves Inc.

According to the GSMA, the aim is to install mobile broadband networks in Africa’s rural communities. These will offer affordable mobile internet coverage through sustainable models that can be replicated in similar environments throughout the region.

Gordian Kyomukama, the Chief Technical Officer of MTN Uganda, said that through such partnerships, MTN could change lives by boosting digital access, developing communities and driving financial inclusion, all through the power of connectivity.

The CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, added that the initiative would extend mobile connectivity to untapped communities in Northern Ghana.

Aside from all the support from telcos, the initiative has also received backing from industry regulators in both Uganda and Ghana, including duty and tax exemptions for imported equipment, as well as the provision of land.

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