Ericsson’s Expander to cut cost of rural coverage

14 Dec 2006

Swedish vendor Ericsson has said it is set to assist mobile operators in Nigeria to profitably deploy services in remote villages. The vendor’s country manager, Leif Edwall, said that his company has designed a technology called Expander which enables base stations to cover a wider area, providing there are no obstructions. The technology has been successfully used in Tanzania. Mr Edwall also hinted that Ericsson was working with Nigeria’s leading cellco, MTN, to produce biodiesel that will allow base stations in rural areas to be run more economically.

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