In partnership with Huawei, MTN Cameroon has entered into a partnership agreement with the country’s Rural Electrification Agency (AER) to deploy antennas and relay stations in rural regions.
The telecom group is already using AER-produced solar energy to power some of its pilot sites in the West and Littoral regions and plans to extend this service to rural areas throughout the country.
Speaking on the partnership, Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Cameroon, said, “This partnership is a chance to reduce certain inequalities. People living in underserved areas are often excluded from the benefits of modernity, will have access to all telephony, high-speed internet and mobile money services.”
MTN Cameroon executive further exampled that using AER solar power will enable MTN to speed up the digital and financial inclusion in many rural communities.
“This initiative is part our of responsibility towards community development because a mother in Mariemberg of the Sanaga-Maritime region (division) must be able to connect with her son who has gone to Yaounde to study at the university and even send him money on his phone for his school fees,” Blewett added.
According to Moussa Ousmanou, General Manager of AER, the MoU provides them with more resources to enforce the country’s plan to increase its renewable energy capacity to at least 25 per cent of total production by 2030.
“The protection of our environment is now more than ever an urgent matter. Using clean energies rather than fossil sources whose harmfulness needs not be overemphasized, we can reduce emissions. This is an emergency which MTN Cameroon has understood and incorporated it in their development strategy,” he further added.
The agreement will add momentum to MTN’s goal to achieve a 47 per cent reduction in absolute emissions by 2030 and has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2040.