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Clear Blue Technologies Inc, in collaboration with NuRAN Wireless, has announced to deliver smart off-grid platform to Raeanna, a Nigerian telecom infrastructure company focused on providing rural connectivity
Clear Blue’s smart off-grid power system aims to supply reliable, wireless, managed solar power to the NuRAN wireless radio communications system.
As the first phase of a larger rollout, Raeanna has installed Clear Blue’s smart off-grid platform and the NuRAN system at eight sites in Nigeria, providing reliable communications services for Nigerians. An additional 20 sites will be installed in the next few months.
In the next phase, Raeanna plans to enable new services for e-learning, e-health and e-commerce at these sites, which are expected to transform these rural communities and make them part of the wider economy.
Tunji Alabi, executive director of Raeanna, said, “Clear Blue’s smart off-grid system is a critical component of our ability to provide voice and data services to unserved and underserved people in rural Nigeria. It enables us to implement our telecom infrastructure in remote areas where there is no electric grid access and manage these systems via the Internet, increasing reliability and reducing costs.”
“Using solar power for our telecom sites in southern Nigeria has always been a challenge due to the area’s frequent cloud coverage,” Alabi added.
Alabi further noted that Clear Blue’s weather prediction technology and event driven analytics help in making proactive decisions and reducing the power draw to preserve the battery power and ride out bad weather.
Miriam Tuerk, CEO and Co-Founder of Clear Blue Technologies, said, “Today, over 70mn Nigerians lack access to reliable communications. We aim to deliver low-cost, clean, reliable power to support Raeanna’s telecom infrastructure in rural Nigerian communities. The collaboration with Raeanna and NuRAN is a blueprint for how to successfully provide critical services to rural communities throughout Africa."
Francis Létourneau, vice-president, for sales and marketing of NuRAN, said, “Smart Off-Grid systems are crucial for the success of bringing connectivity to these rural and unserved areas by increasing reliability and up-time.”
With extensive management and control capabilities, automated monitoring and alerts, predictive weather forecasting and the ability to optimise systems remotely, smart off-grid technology helps to keep systems running, prevents outages and enables remote troubleshooting when needed to quickly resolve any issues.