Mobile network operator, MTN Cameroon has signed an agreement with the country’s Rural Electrification Agency (AER) to supply its rural sites with solar energy.
According to a statement, the collaboration AER will provide MTN Cameroon with energy produced by its solar power plants. The energy is intended to power MTN Cameroon’s network infrastructure in rural areas, particularly the relay stations.
Two pilot sites in the West and Littoral regions are already operational and MTN Cameroon says the deployment shall be extended to all 10 regions of the country in the coming months.
Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Cameroon said, “Under the Project Zero, MTN seeks to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. This partnership with AER puts us on the right path to preserve our environment. It is also an opportunity to reduce certain inequalities.”
He added: “People living in rural areas, often excluded from the benefits of modernity, will have access to all telephony, high speed internet and Mobile Money services. We are going far beyond business by building a sustainable environment for our society at large.”
By entering into this partnership with AER, MTN Cameroon is contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while setting conditions conducive to the growth of communities in compliance with the company’s environmental, social, and governance commitments.