Proof of Concept for Rural Infracos

The origins, business model, funding and future plans of Rural Infraco Connect Africa

Read this article to learn:

  • Connect Africa’s journey: from mobile services in South Africa to satellite payphones and rural cell sites in Zambia
  • Challenges for those evangelising the Rural Infraco zero capex, zero opex, revenue share business model
  • Supplementing rural coverage with VAS and phone charging to engage with local communities
  • How Connect Africa’s Service Centres provide a valuable point of presence to reach small scale farmers
  • Deploying outdoor lightweight BTS using solar+batteries at a fraction of the cost of traditional macro infrastructure

“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…

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