Delivering Rural Cellular Services in the DRC
Vodacom partnered with Intelsat to deliver rural cellular services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With its urban markets maturing and the need to meet regulatory license requirements, expanding service into rural areas was an opportunity for Vodacom grow its subscriber base. The Intelsat 28 satellite provided perfect coverage and technical performance over the DRC. Ku-band technology provided the optimum balance between solution cost, reliability and availability for Vodacom’s rural service. Ku-band also utilizes smaller, more cost-effective and portable antennas that can be hand carried across the rugged rural DRC terrain. These small antennas also require less power and can be powered by solar panels, which enabled Vodacom to minimize its deployment and implementation costs. With this solution, Vodacom quickly expanded its service into rural areas across the DRC at a very low cost.
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