Ericsson has announced that it has signed a contract with Digicel Pacific to upgrade its network on Papua New Guinea; the deal includes the supply of a solar power solution. Under the terms of the deal Digicel Pacific will move from a 2G to a 3G network, using a power solution that combines solar cells, rechargeable batteries and diesel generators. ‘The solar hybrid power solution is specifically suited to extremely isolated areas outside the power grid, where the materials and manpower can only be delivered by helicopter,’ said Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands President Rajendra Pangrekar. ‘In Papua New Guinea, which is one of the most rural countries in the world – with only 18% of the population living in urban areas – this solution is optimal’.
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