BasicInternet-GUIFI Africa Nov2021

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BasicInternet-GUIFI Africa Nov2021

Title BasicInternet-GUIFI_Africa_Nov2021
Date, Time 2021/11/26, 1000-1100
Contact Person Josef.Noll
Participants Josef.Noll, Alfred Baddoo
related to Project BasicInternet, SchoolConnectivity KE 2021, SESA
Keywords School Connectivity, Ghana
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Information exchange for connecting schools in rural areas.


GUIFI Africa

  • Alfred has worked with Ramon Roca (GUIFI network) to take the community network idea to Africa
  • The major bottleneck is the cost of the backbone, typically being around 500 USD for a 5 Mbps/month. Stephen Fosu, having built Step Network (@SNETGH)
  • GUIFI Africa received the license in Oct2021, and now pursues the activities in connecting schools in rural areas

Basic Internet


Secondary Energy for Africa (SESA project) - with replication of electricity concepts in Ghana

  • partner in Ghana Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), with Prof. Isaac Boateng (coordinator) Albert Awopone (Electrical Engineer), Kingsley Agyapong (Marketing/capacity building expert)
  • planning to connect 4 schools in the surrounding of Accra

Basic Internet communities in 12 countries in Africa

see or (DigI:Villages

From InfoSpots to Community Networks & Commercial Mobile Broadband

Step 1: At least one InfoSpot per village

  • create at least one InfoSpot in every village - OPEX target of less than 20 USD/month
  • connect all schools & primary health centres
  • provide free access to information through these InfoSpots
  • using a 10/20 GByte 3G/4G/5G mobile package as the basis for access to information

Step 2: limited connectivity through new business models

  • turn from packages to a basic link of e.g. 5 Mbps through the mobile network.
  • Example: Safaricom agreed on a 5 Mbps link provision using the 3G/4G SIM card to connect schools. Costs 58 USD/month for a 5 Mbps link (as part of the SchoolConnectivity_KE_2021 project)

Step 3: Scale-up to community networks and commercial mobile networks

  • commercial or community operation