DigI:DigI SchoolConnectivity Sustainability NorwegianEmbassy TZ

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DigI:DigI SchoolConnectivity Sustainability NorwegianEmbassy TZ

Title DigI:DigI_SchoolConnectivity_Sustainability_NorwegianEmbassy_TZ
Place ITS@Kjeller
Date, Time 2020/07/29, 1130-1300
Contact Person Josef.Noll
Participants Karen-Emilie Asla, Josef Noll
related to Project DigI, BasicInternet
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Topics, Conclusions and follow-up

A walk through on the following topics

ActionItem: Josef to resend links and additional information

Follow-up meeting planned in the beginning of September, discussing

  1. business model for connectivity
  2. National Knowledge Portal and relation to Norwegian Priorities "access, skills, regulations and inclusion"
  3. Summary of SchoolConnectivity kick-off

Details on Topics

DigI project

Collaboration in the "Non-discriminating Access for Digital Inclusion" (DigI) project with 
Helena Ngowi (SUA), Flora Francis Kajuna (SUA), 
Bernard Ngowi (NIMR)
, Felix Sukums (MUHAS), and 
Elibariki Mwakapeje (MoH)

Main focus on

  • Connectivity to remote villages, establishing InfoSpots with Health Information
  • Uptake of Health Information through video information
  • Sustainability of operations

Connectivity to remote villages

  • Reaching out to remote villages, establishing InfoSpots with Health Information
  • While mobile 3G mobile network reaches 7-9 km, our solution reaches out to more than 20 km, as demonstrated in Selela at the Serengeti
  • Providing Internet Lite, the free access to information and premium access to broadband content

Uptake of Health Information

Sustainability of operations

See: Lessons learned and recommendation from DigI project, especially the collaboration with communities in establishing InfoSpots in villages. We have the request to connect another 80 villages now, based on the success of the DigI project. See DigI:Villages for an overview over our collaborations.

School Connectivity in TZ

Based on the success of DigI, we have set-up a project to connect 10 schools as a proof of concept 

National Knowledge Portal

Through the Digital Inclusion (DigI) project we have seen a tremendeous knowledge uptake through digital local information spots providing Digital Health, see http://Yeboo.com (community information spot - focus on health)

Thus, BasicInternet 2.0 focusses on the National Knowledge Portal, incorporating all four aspects needed for empowerment in the digital society:

  1. Access - building Information Spots in villages/communities with free access to information
  2. Skills - establishing a National Knowledge Portal with information on health, education, agriculture, financial inclusion and more
  3. Regulations - having free access to the National Knowledge Portal as part of the licence conditions is straightforward
  4. Inclusion - providing the free access to information is a first step, having tailored information for minorities and people with disabilities is a common demand.

Special focus is on sustainability, and a solution that addresses OPEX costs as little as 15-20 USD/month for the connectivity. Please read more in our paper on Impact of school connectivity, the business model for "minimum connectivity" - the SchoolConnectivity project in TZ is going to collect data used for the envisaged 3 models on sustainable connectivity