Huawei launches RuralStar Pro to connect remote villages

Staff Correspondent

4 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Huawei has commercially rolled out RuralStar Pro solution recently in Guizhou, China with the view to lowering the the deployment costs of providing voice and mobile broadband services for remote villages.

The solution integrates a baseband unit (BBU), a remote radio unit (RRU), and a relay device into a single module, enabling one module one site. The power consumption of each site is less than 120W.

David Guo, President, Huawei Wireless Network Site Product Line introduced RuralStar Pro in detail at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021.

Some 600 million people globally still have no access to mobile connectivity, Guo said, adding, "The RuralStar Pro solution could provide connections for these uncovered areas at the optimal cost and fastest speed." 

The latest solution can significantly reduce the end-to-end cost of deployment and expect a return on investment within three years.

It has heightened digitalisation within Maopo Village of Guizhou Province by commercially rolling it out.

With RuralStar Pro, installing a base station along with provisioning of LTE and VoLTE service can be completed in two hours.

The coverage rate in the village is now 85 percent, and the downlink speeds reach 30 Mbps.  Abraham Kofi Asante, CEO, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), had also appeared at MWC Shanghai.  GIFEC plans to work with Huawei to deploy more than 2,000 RuralStar sites.

It is estimated that 3.4 million people in 172 rural areas will benefit from the plan, and Ghana's mobile coverage rate will increase from 83 percent to 95 percent.

Fatogoma Aristide Sanon, Deputy CEO, Orange Guinea, also shared his country's digitalisation strategy.

He noted that during the pandemic, digitalisation has been crucial in all aspects of life, including the economy, education, and healthcare. Orange is committed to digital inclusion for everyone in Guinea.