29 January 2013

Rwanda: MTN Launches Portable Renewable Energy System

MTN, one of the leading mobile telecom operators, has launched a portable solar energy system dubbed "Comeka ReadySet" as part of its efforts to improve energy and telecommunications access for all Rwandans.

The system is especially designed for Rwandans living in areas that are not connected to the power grid or those without regular access to electricity.

The Comeka ReadySet is a multi-functional energy system that can charge mobile phones as well as power lights, radios, tablets and other devices.

This gives local enterprises an opportunity to earn additional revenues from phone-charging businesses, Robert Rwakabogo, the MTN senior manager for marketing operations, said.

"We have already piloted the system and are confident that it will serve our rural subscriber base effectively," Rwakabogo added during the launch at Nyarutarama in Kigali.

The 'Comeka ReadySet' costs Rwf115,000 from MTN centres and dealers countrywide.

While the 'Comeka ReadySet' may prove an attractive backup energy solution for urban dwellers, the product is also targeted for business.

The system's battery draws its energy from a 15-watt solar panel and offers a mains adapter for when the sun is not shining.

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