Recent announcements in Cameroon and Kenya have underlined the importance to African communications of supporting – and being seen to support – sustainable approaches to energy and design.
Telia Cameroon, which provides customers with 4G LTE private cellular technology solutions, has awarded Clear Blue Technologies, whose portfolio includes solar and hybrid power systems for telecoms, an order for initial systems as part of Telia’s telecommunications service rollout in Cameroon for operator MTN.
Clear Blue will supply its Nano-Grid Smart Off-Grid power solution and will be Telia Cameroon’s preferred solar power provider for its programme with MTN Cameroon.
Clear Blue’s systems are remotely managed and operated by Clear Blue, reducing the initial size and capex, and also reducing opex, as operators do not have to go to a site for maintenance and can triage a problem before it occurs.
Following successful pilot validation, the initial rollout of 50 systems is expected in early 2023.
In Kenya meanwhile, Africa Data Centres has announced that its Nairobi data centre facility will be the first EDGE-certified data centre in the region.
EDGE certification is a green building certification system for emerging markets created by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. It is a quantifiable way for developers to optimise designs, leading to a more marketable product and a better investment while promoting sustainability.
EDGE certification also helps keep certification localised, fast and inexpensive to promote more green construction by enabling developers to certify projects at a comparatively lower cost.