Storage improves mobile reliability

GE Durathon batteryPower outages are a regular feature of life in many parts of Africa, causing disruption to everything from healthcare systems to TV viewing. One area where they should now have less of an impact is mobile telephony, at least around the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Telco Safaricom has invested KSh96 million (USD$1.2 million) to purchase back-up batteries for its mobile towers in a bid to make them more resilient to the four electricity-free hours the city suffers on an average day. The new GE Durathon units will join 48 others that have already been installed and should also reduce the need to rely on polluting diesel generators, reports Business Daily Africa.

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