Rural Transformation Project

We bring voice and data connectivity to unserved and underserved communities. We design, deploy, manage and maintain wireless and fibre optic networks, switches, data centres and other critical services for seamless connectivity. We have deployed more than 2,500 cellular tower sites and a 4,000km fibre network across our market. More than 72 percent of our cellular sites are solar-powered and form the backbone for our rural telephony services

Project Background

Over the last 20 years, Nigeria has seen an upsurge in the development of Telecommunications in the country. The transformation grew from just over 1 million subscribers in the year 2000 to well over 180 million in August 2020. In that same period, the number of Nigerians without access to telecommunication servers reduced from 93% to 20%.
Unfortunately, the Network penetration coverage of over 70% of Nigeria has been limited to the urban and suburban areas, leaving many rural communities “cut off”, without access to telecommunication services. As expected, despite the government’s intervention through NCC’s Universal Service Provision initiative, most of the MNO’s have focused their base stations and coverage in urban areas, away from the low ARPU rural communities.
With the net revenues of passive collocation gradually falling, as well as an advancement in the upcoming trend in the world of telecommunications of wholesale networking, i.e. “network as a service”, existing towercos are currently using this opportunity to extend their current forte. These companies are now partnering with the MNO’s by investing in providing both active and passive infrastructure in these rural communities.
It is clear that over time, this “Network-as-a-Service” phenomenon would soon extend to suburban and urban areas, as competition in current markets intensifies and MNO’s are compelled to share revenue risks. It is therefore important that the current towercos begin to engage In this rural telephony initiative, as the future of their business will be largely shaped by this!

Infrastructure Solutions

For Medium density areas from 2,500 to 7,000 inhabitants – Medium-sized, isolated villages, Groups of separated communities.

Typical Site And Coverage Description

Technical specifications 2 x TRX @ 20W 2G 1 carrier @ 20W 3G Up to 56 concurrent calls or 42 Erlang GSM/GPRS/EDGE/3G 165W average power consumption 1 Dual polarization sectorial antenna at 11dBi


Typical Site Information

Between 2500 and 7000 inhabitants Coverage radius up to 10Km depending on Terrain • Usually for telco site outside the village for extended coverage
Backhaul BW requirement Up to 28 concurrent calls per BTS @ 3.43Kbps and 2 data timeslot at 80Kbps/ea For a total of :256 Kbps max