Econet Solar to licence operators
Econet Solar, the energy division of global telecoms group Econet Wireless, has said it will license its breakthrough solar lighting solution to telecoms operators from around the world.
The company said it has received numerous enquiries from operators all around the world who want to use the patented technology to offer lighting to low income customers.
The Econet Solar, HomePowerStation, was recently launched at the Durban climate conference. It can only be provided through a cell phone network, as it charges for lighting using a software application at the network switching system.
Econet Solar CEO Marco Signorini, said the first commercial services were expected at the end of February 2012. He said negotiations with operator partners who will offer the service in their markets had already started.
In markets where Econet does not operate a network, we are licensing other operators to offer the service using our solution, he said. Mr Signorini said enquiries had come from operators as far a field as India and the Caribbean. In Africa we expect to have an operator for each market by June, he said.
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