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Access to Solar Energy Via the Mobile Phone: The Innovation of LUMOS GLOBAL

The Dutch group LUMOS Global took part in the international conference GSMA 360 Mobile Series – West Africa, which took place on April 11 and 12, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Abidjan. LUMOS Global was represented at this conference by Davidi Vortman, CEO of the group, Stéphane Abrahams, Managing Director of LUMOS CI; and Yuri Tsitrinbaun, VP New Market. This opportunity was given to the group to express its activities in West Africa in general and particularly in Côte d’Ivoire.

Indeed, during the last day of the conference, Mr. Vortman noted the energy potential that exists in Côte d’Ivoire, and which LUMOS Global wants to take advantage to promote renewable energy. According to the CEO of LUMOS Global, this project is born from the observation that electrical energy has remained stable in Africa for 50 years unlike the use of mobile whose expansion knows every day a notorious advance. As a result, LUMOS Global has taken advantage of the widespread use of mobile phones, even in the most remote areas, to enable all households to benefit from electricity.

 

One way to “Put power in the hands of local communities”. A policy that contributes to the evolution of our society and was, moreover, the subject on which Mr. Vortman was speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 ​​Series – West Africa International Conference.

Note that the Dutch group specializing in the exploitation of solar energy, officially launched its solar electricity service for Ivory Coast, on November 11, 2017 in the city of Divo. It is a device with an 80 watt solar panel, LED bulbs, a USB mobile phone charger and a control inverter including an MTN SIM card.

In other words, LUMOS Global offers a low-cost photovoltaic solution, renewable for the energy needs of families in rural, peri-urban and urban areas.

The service is payable by mobile phone credit and is available to all of the approximately 9 million MTN subscribers in Côte d’Ivoire. Indeed, LUMOS Global has chosen as a partner the MTN group which it considers to be the most present on the African continent both in terms of users and in terms of technological power.

Ultimately, the LUMOS Global group expects a rapid expansion throughout Côte d’Ivoire, with a significant investment in creating new jobs for Ivorians as it was in Nigeria where the group created more than 1,100 jobs.

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