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Kenya : SAFARICOM buys $1.1 MILLION Back-Up Batteries for Cell Towers.

Safaricom declared that it has purchased back-up batteries worth Sh96 million ($1.1 million) for its cell towers, in order to deal with constant network outages in Kenya.

It is realized that now General Electric (GE) has connected 48 such batteries at the mobile network operator s base stations in Kenya. Safaricom has up to 1,700 base stations in Kenya.

Safaricom has been forced to look for new solutions to make certain there is an uninterrupted supply of power in Kenya as black outs take their toll.

The company s cell sites connected to the national grid experience up to four hours of electricity blackouts daily, said Bob Collymore, Safaricom s CEO, This often leads to network glitches, loss of business and high operations costs.

Collymore added, The introduction of using this technology will ensure that our customers receive uninterrupted usage of our mobile services. Energy costs make up the biggest component in running a cell tower.

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