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Project: DigI
Non-discriminating Access for Digital Inclusion
Web: http://DigI.BasicInternet.no
Project leader Josef Noll
Project Participants Christine Holst, Sudhir Dixit, Iñaki Garitano, Danica Radovanovic, Peter Cardellichio, Clemence Ineza, Andrea Winkler, Ingeborg K. Haavardsson, Brenda Jimris-Rekve, Elibariki Mwakapeje, Helena Ngowi, Bernard Ngowi, Erwan Le Quentrec, Bjarne Tarjei Haugen, Finn Helge Tolpinrud, Ghislain Maurice Norbert Isabwe, Josef Noll, Felix Sukums, Flora Francis Kajuna
Start Date 2017/01/15
End Date 2020/09/30
Supported by NFR, Norad
Objective The main objectives are 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

Research Domain 5G Networks, Internet - IoPTS, eHealth
Keywords Basic Education, Basic Internet, Communications, Wireless Communications

Factpage of Project DigI

Equipment used in project: DigI:DigI/Equipment

  • 3 year project: 15Jan2017-31Dec2019 - extended 20Jan2018 with 9 months to 30Sep2020
  • 11 partners from 8 countries
  • 20.1 MNOK budget with 14.89 MNOK support from NFR and Norad/MFA as project 267558/H30

Main outcome:

  • Piloting "free access to information (InfoInternet)" and assessing the impact of InfoInternet
  • Digital Health Spot in Tanzania, 10 villages
  • Digital & Energy Spot in Mali, 1 village

Administrative Responsibles

  • UiO: Louise Bolands Eklund <l.b.eklund@medisin.uio.no>, cc: Ingeborg
  • Orange: Lise Baudouin <lise.baudouin@orange.com>, Valérie Pla <valerie.pla@orange.com>

Summary of DigI

The DigI project has a total budget of 20.1 MNOK, with 14.89 MNOK supported by NFR and Norad/MFA. The 10 partners involved in the project are:

  • The Basic Internet Foundation will demonstrate the technical feasibility and the business profitability of InfoInternet
  • Orange will demonstrate the novel opportunity of freemium access, enable low-end customers to become familiar with digital information, and generate business from other customers through paid voucher system.
  • UiO will strengthen the social responsibility in health and education. The Center for Global Health will benefit from leveraging the One-Health services into the digital space. The Department of Technology Systems will benefit from research project development, disseminating the reports and papers in high-quality journals and publications, with exchange students.
  • The Ministry of Health in Tanzania supports the roll-out of Digital Health
  • The National Centre for Medical Research (NIMR) will contribute with health content and support the roll-out, and will benefit from faster access to health information
  • The [[SUA|Agriculture , and SUA in Tanzania will receive faster access to health information and triggers for relevant public health intervention through apps and digital access
  • The Global Health Media Project (GMHP) will enable local (off-line) access for their health videos, and pilots the online interactivity
  • IPXextenso will extend their GSM off-grid network with Internet and enable a new service market
  • Future Competence (FCI) will foster digital competence and education through using their experience from the African market
  • Movation will handle innovation aspects, e.g. best praxis applicability of open innovation


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