New partnership aims to bring solar-powered broadband to Africa

New partnership aims to bring solar-powered broadband to Africa

A recently announced collaborative effort aims to deploy sustainable broadband, connecting millions in Africa, fostering local businesses, and promoting sustainability.

In this collaborative effort, announced at the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, Curvalux, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and Pegasus Capital Advisors have signed a telecoms and renewable energy-focused memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The partnership aims to deploy sustainable solar-powered broadband technologies across Africa, benefitting millions with enhanced connectivity.

Curvalux, a manufacturer of solar-powered innovative fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband technologies, is partnering with UCLG Africa, a confederation of African cities and governments encompassing 16,000 townships and cities.

With Pegasus Capital Advisors, a leading global equity fund manager accredited by the Green Climate Fund, the partnership aims to build the necessary FWA technology infrastructure to bring sustainable high speed broadband services to up to 350 million African citizens who lack access to reliable, life-enhancing connectivity.

Curvalux intends to provide fixed wireless equipment, backhaul, power systems, site infrastructure and technical and business training. UCLG Africa has the local expertise to help navigate the due diligence, implementation and regulatory hurdles to bring this partnership into high gear and identify communities for rapid deployment.

Pegasus aims to provide the funding and financing to bring reliable, fully solar-powered, sustainable wireless internet connectivity to homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and public services.

There doesn’t appear to be a timetable yet but overall, the partners say, this initiative addresses the significant internet service gap in Africa, unlocking opportunities in remote work, education, healthcare and economic development.


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