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Mali has a population of 16.6 million people and geographically covers 1.2 million square Kilometres (of which 20,000 sq. Km is covered by water). 65% of the population live in rural areas. As of 2013, approximately 45% of the population and 30% of the land area are covered by at least one of the 3 (Orange, Somtelma and Planor) licensed mobile network operators, and by 2015 this is projected to increase to 60% population and 35% land area coverage. This means that by 2015 there will still be nearly 800,000 sq. Km of land area and more than 6 million citizens of Mali outside the reach of essential telecommunications services. According to studies by The World Bank, 12% of the population can’t be served economically by mobile network service, but this figure is reduced significantly due to AMN’s innovative low-cost solution which allows very small populations to be viable at the same times as maximizing the coverage area of a single cell and the population served.

AMN is investing $24 million to build 200 mobile network base stations in Mali. Each of these will be connected to one of the licensed operators. The AMN network will serve a total population of 1.5 million people (9% of the population), with an average of 7,500 people served by each base station and generating an estimated 700,000 new mobile subscribers worth circa $24 million per year in gross airtime revenues.