Clear Blue Technologies’ Smart Off-Grid Power System Increases Rural Connectivity in Nigeria
4th March, 2018
TORONTO - February 27, 2018 -- Clear Blue Technologies Inc., the Smart Off-Grid™ company, in collaboration with NuRAN Wireless, is delivering its Smart Off-Grid platform to Raeanna, a Nigerian telecom infrastructure company focused on providing rural connectivity. Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid power system supplies 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 tens of thousands of Nigerians. An additional 20 sites will be installed over 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 will 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,” Mr. Alabi added. “However, the quality and reliability of Clear Blue’s power solution is far superior to other vendors. Since we first installed Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid system in April 2017, the site has not lost power once, while previous solar power systems would fail every other day. The weather prediction technology and event driven analytics also means we can make proactive decisions and reduce the power draw to preserve the battery power and ride out bad weather.”
Miriam Tuerk, CEO and Co-Founder, Clear Blue Technologies said, “Today, over 70 million Nigerians lack access to reliable communications. We are pleased to be delivering 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, Sales and Marketing of NuRAN said, “We were really impressed by Clear Blue, its Smart Off-Grid technology, and the company’s willingness to collaborate on providing an integrated solution for powering our wireless radio communications technology. 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 optimize systems remotely, Smart Off-Grid technology helps to keep systems running, prevents outages, and enables remote troubleshooting when needed to quickly resolve any issues. The result is unmatched reliability, long-lasting system performance, and a significant reduction of up to 80 percent in maintenance and operational costs.
About Clear Blue Technologies Inc.
Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid™ company, was founded on a vision of delivering clean, managed, “wireless power” to meet the global need for reliable, low-cost, solar and hybrid power for lighting, telecom, security, Internet of Things devices, and other critical systems. Today Clear Blue has over 400 customers and 4,000 systems under management across 34 countries, including the U.S. and Canada.
With its Smart Off-Grid technology and the industry’s most advanced remote cloud management system, Clear Blue’s service team manages and operates all of its customers’ systems, delivering unmatched reliability and long-lasting system performance while reducing installation and maintenance costs by up to 80 percent. Under the Illumient brand, the company sells complete solar and wind-powered lighting systems.
About Raeanna Nigeria Ltd
Nigeria Limited is a leading telecommunication infrastructure service provider in Nigeria and the Africa sub-region. Over the last 17 years of its existence, the company has grown steadily from a telecoms infrastructure provider, to a licensed colocation service provider and a leader in provision of rural telephony services across Nigeria. As an innovative technology driven company, our mission to connect hamlets and villages within Africa, has become the bedrock of the organization with a view in improving technology advancement across Africa.
About NuRAN Wireless
NuRAN Wireless is a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions. Its innovative radio access network (RAN), core network, and backhaul products dramatically drop the total cost of ownership, thereby creating new opportunities for established, as well as emerging mobile network operators. Indoor coverage, isolated rural communities, offshore platforms and ships, NuRAN Wireless helps its customers reach everyone, everywhere.
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