Econet delivers home solar power station
DEVELOPMENT| June 22, 2012, 2:17 p.m.
By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe
Econet Wireless is launching its ‘Home Power Station’, a solar powered device for charging cellphones while providing lighting, in Zimbabwe.
Econet subsidiary, Econet Solar, said its device uses a solar panel to power a battery which provides power for four bulbs and a cellphone charger. It is expected to be a boon for much of Zimbabwe’s populace, which has no access to electricity or endures power cuts and often goes for weeks without energy.
“It’s a truly remarkable product and will change the lives of millions of people who have no access to electricity,” Econet Solar chief executive Luc Tanoh said.
He said the product was produced by the mobile operator’s engineers in South Africa and that Zimbabwe would be the first commercial site for the device.
Econet has been conducting trials of the device in SA’s KwaZulu-Natal province and has began work on fields trials. More trials will be conducted in Zimbabwe before the launch of the commercial service, Tanoh said.
“We are now ready for commercial field trials with selected customers in Zimbabwe, which is our first commercial site,” he said.
He said his company plans to launch the product throughout Africa and also licence other mobile network operators to use its technology.
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Evolve with STEM initiative reaches central and Brong Ahafo regionsAirtel Ghana’s corporate social responsibility initiative Evolve With STEM (EWS) has reached some public schools in the Central and Brong Ahafo Regions of the country. Read More
Safaricom Foundation commits Sh36million to free medical campsMore Kenyans are set to benefit from free medical services after Safaricom Foundation increased its funding towards the initiative to Sh36million. Read More
Social Entrepreneurs provide sustainable solutions for Africa's development priorities - ReportIs social entrepreneurship the new face of development? A recent impact report released by Reach for Change suggests it might be. Read More
Dimension Data, Cisco to protect rhino by tracking peopleIn a bid to reduce rhino poaching in South Africa, Dimension Data and Cisco will leverage technology to proactively intervene and stop people entering game reserves illegally. Read More
Global partnership launches programme to save children affected by HIV in LesothoMobile technology will be harnessed to help Lesotho combat the impact of HIV in a new global partnership programme. Read More
Rockefeller Foundation funds nonprofit bringing online business course to AfricaIn May, the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) will offer a unique online course designed to provide practical management expertise in emerging platform business models opening up new opportunities across Africa and the global economy. Read More
Ethiopia gearing up to transform education through technologyMicrosoft and the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia are coming together to transform education, further innovation and develop employability. Read More
Next Einstein Forum launches global call for a new era in science and technology in AfricaThe Next Einstein Forum has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence. Read More
MTN Ghana rewards Heroes of Change for their selfless actsMadam Paulina Opei, Founder of “Save our Lives Orphanage” and a trained nurse was crowned the overall winner of the MTN Heroes of Change Season II at the Accra International Conference Centre. Read More
Egypt to launch digital hub to help Africa better track and control disease outbreaksA new African Health Data and Disease Control Hub will serve as a data, information and communication portal for African citizens, governments and institutions. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
COMPANY NEWSEnhancing your security posture to fight new ransomware threats
Petya ransomware is proving to be one of the top cybersecurity stories of 2016.Arbor stops malware in its tracks
There is always a substantial amount of banking trojan activity taking place, however, recent developments have intensified the threat landscape.