According to GSMA's recent analysis, there are approximately 600 million people worldwide without mobile internet connections, especially in rural and remote areas in developing countries. From a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) perspective, these undeveloped areas are not economically attractive because a large number of base stations have to be deployed to cover the sparsely distributed population. The poor cost-to-coverage business scenarios result in low return on investment (ROI) for MNOs. Many Tier One infrastructure vendors conduct research and help MNOs provide cost-efficient site solutions. However, these solutions can hardly offer MNOs a sufficient average revenue per user, especially in lower-income countries.
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