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The Non-discriminating access for Digital Inclusion (DigI) project is a three year project, running from 2017 - 2020 with the main objective to establish pilots for the InfoInternet access in DRC Congo and Tanzania. The project was funded by the Research Council of Norway as part of the Visjon2030 portfolje[1]. R&I work related to the pilots will prove business profitability for commercial establishment of the InfoInternet as an independent and self-sustainable ICT and communication infrastructure for digital inclusion. Internet access is a universal issue and of major concern to many policy makers and governments. Free access to information presents the basis for a scalable solution of digital access for everyone in the society.


Digital access to information, connecting the unconnected, is the entry point for digital skills, and addresses to be addressed in the sub- objectives related to digital health, education for youth and women, as driver for digital education (see figure on Population without Internet[2]).

Source:The Economist Continental disconnect - Mobile phones are transforming Africa

The main objective of providing non-discriminating access is supported through deployments and validation in Tanzania and DRC (Congo), focussing on the following sub-objectives:

  • Bridging the digital divide by providing the InfoInternet infrastructure and digital access.
  • Provision of customised content for education and health purposes, thus creating the basis for jobs, as well as financial and social inclusion
  • A cost-effective, open and scalable Wifi extension of the mobile network for the low-income group, enabling (mobile) operators to provide digital services
  • Education, health and entrepreneurship for women and youth empowerment as representatives of the vulnerable society groups
Our Plans for Tanzania and DR Congo

Read more? Please have a look at the project details, our overall plans DRC Congo and Tanzania or the solutions using InfoInternet access...

References

  1. Norwegian Research Council, "57 millioner til innovasjon for fattigdomsbekjempelse", online: Forskningsradet.no, 16Dec2016
  2. "Continental disconnect - Mobile phones are transforming Africa", The Economist, 18Dec2016, online: Economist.com
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