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Econet Solar: Harnessing the power of the sun

Luc Tanoh, Chief Executive Officer, Econet Solar, talks to about a business model operators can adopt, which uses solar energy to charge mobile devices to keep users connected and also improve their quality of life.

In many developing markets lots of users live off grid and even need to travel long distances to recharge their phone. So by helping them power their phone operators can keep them connected for longer and boost ARPU, whilst also improving their users’ quality of living.

A survey by Econet found that off grid users in developing regions often already have a disposable income of $ 10-12 per month which they use for lanterns, candles or other kerosene powered lighting. By delivering the Home Power Station unit, operators can tap into this revenue, replacing disposable lighting with efficient LEDs and also offering, TV, radio, mosquito repellent and even an Android tablet to make the proposition more attractive.

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