Sunday , 17 December 2017

Home » Technology » Konnect Africa brings Wi-Fi to rural African communities

Konnect Africa brings Wi-Fi to rural African communities

by: Category: Technology A+ / A-

Broadband service provider, Konnect Africa has unveiled SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service seeking to bring digital opportunities to Africans.

The Eutelsat-owned firm is looking to leverage reliable satellite broadband network to enable sales outlets (retailers, hospitalities, gas stations, etc.) as well as healthcare centres or schools to become a connectivity point and digital gateway to opportunity for the surrounding population. Users will be able to access the internet from a distance of several hundred metres around the hotspot. Access can be extended to several kilometres through off-the-shelf Wi-Fi repeaters.

Users can access the SmartWIFI service through vouchers or mobile payment schemes. In addition, SmartWIFI comes with a unique local data storage system, enabling users in remote areas to access smart digital content free of data charges, including online courses and education programmes, sports and entertainment. Mobile and computer applications will also be available to help support daily business activities.

“This new Wi-Fi hotspot solution is designed specifically to address the needs of the majority of the African population that lives in rural areas, where there is a need to reduce the digital divide” Konnect Africa CEO, Laurent Grimaldi.

In leveraging the ubiquity of our satellite network and locally operated hotspots we will foster more productive uses of digital technology to make everyday tasks easier for individuals and allow businesses in more remote areas to expand their footprint.

“Let’s just think of weather apps to assist farmers, mobile phones to display bus timetables, or better information on market days that can help small producers enlarge their catchment area”, he added.

SmartWIFI will be available in all countries covered by Konnect Africa’s satellite broadband service. The new hotspot service will be deployed in partnership with local Internet service providers and telecom operators in strategic areas across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Details on the new hotspot solution were presented by Konnect Africa during AfricaCom’17 in Cape Town.

316 total views, 4 views today

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Konnect Africa brings Wi-Fi to rural African communities Reviewed by on . Broadband service provider, Konnect Africa has unveiled SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service seeking to bring digital opportunities to Africans. The Eutelsat-owned  Broadband service provider, Konnect Africa has unveiled SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service seeking to bring digital opportunities to Africans. The Eutelsat-owned  Rating: 0
scroll to top

Subscribe to our latest updates

Signup for our newsletter and get notified when we publish new articles for free!




Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com
Read previous post:
Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies - small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a...

Close