Proof of Concept for Rural Infracos
The origins, business model, funding and future plans of Rural Infraco Connect Africa
“It’s easy to underestimate how much money is in these rural areas,” suggests our next interviewee Dion Jerling of Connect Africa. Rural farmers and communities may not have the population density to attract coverage from licensed MNOs, but a new breed of Rural Infraco is emerging to connect and deliver services to rural Africa. Connect Africa has two low power, low tower base stations installed in Zambia, helping them perfect a business model and long term roadmap that targets 2,000 sites across rural Africa in the next 30 months.
TowerXchange: Please introduce our readers to Connect Africa - where do you fit into the telecoms infrastructure ecosystem?
Dion Jerling, Director of Special Projects, Connect Africa:
Connect Africa are happy being described by TowerXchange as a ‘Rural Infraco’.