DigI:UCSAF-BasicInternet SchoolConnectivity Oct2020

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DigI:UCSAF-BasicInternet SchoolConnectivity Oct2020

Title DigI:UCSAF-BasicInternet_SchoolConnectivity_Oct2020
Place Zoom.us
Date, Time 2020/10/08, 1200-1300
Contact Person Catherine R. Kimambo
Participants Josef.Noll, Ipyana Jengela, Albert Richard, Justina Mashiba, Catherine R. Kimambo
related to Project DigI, BasicInternet
Keywords School Connectivity
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Topics and Conclusions

During the meeting we addressed smaller issues in the LoI, and focussed on sustainability and the way ahead.

  • UCSAF can not pay costs for import tax, but can take more responsibility in training
  • Thus, BasicInternet will cover the costs of import
  • UCSAF is focussing on the operational expenditures (OPEX) model for the schools, and can contribute to connectivity after Year 1.

We concluded with a longer discussion on models for sustainability, as discussed in the document "Impact of School Connectivity", indicating three models, (I) Wholesale, (II) Tax reduction and (III) License. The goal is to get meaningful school connectivity at costs lower than 30.000 TZS/month. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lkxFhXbo6_cSBgqHl_t62WkfErwjyvfBQUZDxzVhjp0/edit

  • Both ITU, UNICEF and the Government of Norway are looking to Tanzania for this project, as OPEX costs in traditional models are much higher than the envisaged costs.
  • The SchoolConnectivity project has such the potential to become the showcase for the world.
  • SchoolConnectivity, driven by local communities, can be the entry point for community empowerment. Examples of such empowerment are given by BOACSE, AfricanChild, USEVYA and tzCNA - as further described in DigI:Villages.

Action Items

  1. UCSAF will discuss the sustainability models internally and suggest a suitable and sustainable solution
  2. BasicInternet will update the cost sheet, and prepare for the signature
  3. Catherine will enquire on the types of tablets being purchased by the operators

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