DigI:School connectivity Tanzania Vodacom Jun2020

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DigI:School connectivity Tanzania Vodacom Jun2020

Title DigI:School_connectivity_Tanzania_Vodacom_Jun2020
Place zoom.us
Date, Time 2020/06/15, 0930-1030
Contact Person Catherine R. Kimambo
Participants Rosalynn Mworia, Josef Noll, Sandra Oswald, Catherine R. Kimambo
related to Project DigI, BasicInternet
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Summary and Action Items

As a follow-up from the Non-discriminating access for Digital Inclusion (DigI) project, we introduced the connectivity of 10 schools as a proof-of-concept for a sustainable solution for school connectivity in rural areas. Vodacom is interested to join, and suggested a glide path to ease the adoption of mobile networks in schools. The pilot was discussed with UCSAF during a Seminar on School connectivity in Feb2020.

To main aspects to be addressed through the pilot:

  1. Sustainability using a mobile broadband package of e.g. 10 GB/month, and free access to information on site
  2. Wholesale model to mitigate costs, e.g. by having one contract serving 10 schools (and 10 SIM cards)

Further steps:

  1. Catherine to provide the practical info on the envisaged project - timeframe for installation is Juli-Sep2020
  2. Josef to create an impact document, based on a) the digital health impact by DigI, b) scalability, and c) strategic dimension, e.g. coupling to GSMA/ITU
  3. Most suitable implementation of a contract is an "add-on" to the existing school connectivity contract with UCSAF

Background Information

Through the DigI project we implemented information spots in villages, see DigI:Villages. Notably are the connectivity in Selela, connecting to the mobile tower being 22 km away, and to Izazi, located in the mobile shadow behind a mountain rim.

Through the Solution provided by BasicInternet, the mobile network is used to provide a local Wifi information spot. Through a local network control centre (LNCC), we avoid bandwidth demanding traffic. The goal of the Foundation is to provide Internet Lite for all through a Freemium model. The current implementation focusses on a health portal https://izazi.yeboo.com/health_info_dashboard.php
, being the basis for scientific studies by Sokoine University (SUA) and University of Oslo (UiO).

Policies Implementing DPGs.png

Link to full GoogleDocs (please comment) 

Constraints remote connectivity.png

GDocs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ySsYHX7dBSEsWjGyUpoXUQrFXRSsZNlyQ1UxSuyRwE8/edit?usp=sharing

Our goal is that the solution that work in Africa need to be known to the society developing/deploying future networks. See 6G for Digital Inclusion and Sustainable Development contribution by Josef Noll (UiO) presented as invited talk at the 6G Summit in 2020