iSAT Africa to power communication towers with off-grid solar

AFRICA – iSAT Africa, an integrated communications services provider serving Africa and the Middle East, is set to power its communication infrastructure with off-grid solar power.

The company has entered into a US$1.57m contract with Clear Blue Technologies International Inc. for the provision of smart solar off-grid power.

The MoU calls for Clear Blue to provide a minimum of 300 off-grid, remote power systems for satellite and cell phone services in 4 countries in Africa, to be ordered by the end of Q1 2023.

The two companies have also signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU), making Clear Blue a preferred partner for Smart, Solar Off-Grid power.

The initial order has an estimated 5-year Life-Time Contract Value, which includes capacity upgrades and ongoing service management by Clear Blue, of US$2.36 million.

The first 30 systems will ship in Q1 2022 and the remainder of the project is subject to iSAT successfully concluding financing for the remaining rollout.

Clear Blue Technologies is the market leader in providing smart, reliable, off-grid power for mission-critical telecom infrastructure,” said Rakesh Kukreja, founder and Managing Director of iSAT Africa.

Through a number of previous deployments with Clear Blue, we have seen the strength of Clear Blue’s technology and the positive impact it has on our business model and service to our customers.”

iSAT Africa has been a key partner in bringing connectivity to the unconnected throughout Africa.

The company’s commitment to transforming the way Africa gets and stays connected with the rest of the world aligns with Clear Blue’s vision of delivering clean, managed, off-grid, wireless power for critical satellite systems which improve connectivity.

iSAT Africa has its POP, integrated with fiber and satellite services, in more than 30 countries in Africa connecting to the rest of the world.

The project justifies the need to power hundreds of thousands of towers across the continent located in areas without access to reliable electricity grids relying on diesel generators.

The economic need to provide telecommunication services to underserved populations remains a key driver across Africa.

To meet the growing telecom demand for services globally, over US$4.47 billion in spending on powering telecom tower rollouts will occur in 2022, growing to US$5.25 billion in 2025.

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