Huawei wins TelecomLead Innovation Leaders 2018 Award

Huawei, a telecom equipment maker based in China, is one of the winners of TelecomLead Innovation Leaders 2018 Award, for the deployment of the innovative RuralStar 2.0 solution for MTN Nigeria for sprucing rural coverage.
Huawei TelecomLead Innovation Leaders 2018 Award
MTN and Huawei innovated and introduced Huawei’s RuralStar 2.0 solution to reduce the TCO by 50 percent for a given target coverage area in contrast with traditional site solutions.

The RuralStar 2.0 solution — using low-band NLOS LTE Relay — allows site deployment locations to change from high towers to low poles with a height of only 12 m, reducing the site infrastructure construction cost by 70 percent. Low-band LTE Relay allows for the single-hop transmission distance of up to 40 km, and can be used as a substitute for microwave transmission and costly traditional satellite narrowband transmission. RuralStar 2.0 uses low power consumption equipment enabling pure solar energy for the power supply.

MTN opted for RuralStar 2.0 solution because the construction cost of traditional tower-mounted macro sites is high in remote areas since infrastructure is poor. MTN Nigeria is expected to achieve RoI within three of the deployment.

Huawei, a leading telecom equipment maker from China, deployed RuralStar 2.0, a solution for rural networks, for 12 carriers in eight countries, including Nigeria, Thailand, Ghana, and Mexico. This solution helps increase network coverage in rural areas, allowing more people, especially those in under-developed regions, to access the online world.

Huawei RuralStar Connectivity Solution, an innovative site solution, solves issues in transmission, infrastructure, base station design, and energy consumption. RuralStar serves the needs of the unconnected for voice and data services and increases operator ROI for rural network deployment in emerging markets.

Huawei’s RuralStar Connectivity Solution enables 2G, 3G and 4G rural MBB networks, providing cell coverage of 5 km and data-rates of over 10 Mbit/s at cell edges and can enable extended 2G and 3G coverage to a maximum distance of 60 km from the nearest tower-mounted site, providing voice and data services of over 1 Mbit/s at cell edges.

TelecomLead Innovation Leaders 2018 Award was selected by a team of jury members and editors of Kizhakedath Media Services Pvt. Ltd. Kizhakedath Media Services publishes,, and websites.