Affordable telecoms ‘revolution’ for rural Africa


Mobile telecoms coverage in remote rural areas could be set to explode with the launch of field trials of a new hi-tech power plant that utilises the latest in hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

The technology extracts hydrogen from ordinary ammonia as a fuel source to efficiently power cell phone towers that have no access to main grid electricity. At the heart of this development in the South Africa region is Afrox.

The science could revolutionise the alternative energy solutions market in the telecommunications industry worldwide.

Currently, it is estimated that 135,000 remote area towers are going up each year globally, at a growing rate of more than 12%. This $10.8bn market is concentrated in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America.

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