Mozambican technology brings internet access to remote rural areas
Mozambican technology start-up company Kamaleon has developed an innovative and engaging way of bringing the rural community together to access the Internet through a platform called Community Tablet (“Tablet Comunitário”). By integrating the community tablet onto a travelling truck-unit it is able to travel to even the remotest areas of Mozambique and offer communal internet access.
Since 92.9% of the Mozambican population still has no Internet connection, the Community Tablet aims to promote digital inclusion and ensure that more people have access to information and communication technologies. Being a facilitator of interaction with the virtual world, Kamaeleon also offers training on how to use the Internet and its features to members of the community. In the digital world we live in, the Community Tablet can also be used to support health awareness campaigns by spreading educational messages across various communities.
“A few years ago anyone who could not read and write was considered illiterate, but today this concept goes further, encompassing people who do not know how to use information and communication technologies. The Community Tablet is here to change that," says Dayn Amade.
He notes that the Internet is one of the most important enablers of social development and economic growth of our time. While connectivity across the globe is extensive, there are still more people without Internet access than those with connectivity. While mobile phone adoption has been quite phenomenal in Africa, connectivity to the Internet remains very low, especially in the rural communities.
“I believe we need to change the way we roll out Internet access to rural communities,” says Amade. The Community tablet, which was rolled out in November 2016, is an effective solution for schools, health departments and hospitals to access the Internet and also develop engaging health education messages to spread in the community as opposed to distributing leaflets with health information. At present the Community Tablet covers Mozambique, with future plans to expand across Africa.