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 South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks 
South Africa becomes the first country in the region to support community networks  23 May 2018 APCNews

Some governments in the global South are devoting increasing attention to the divide between urban and rural areas, a key issue to address the fact that millions of people are becoming left out of the information society. Access to communications in rural areas is made possible mainly by big mobile phone operators, but their services are usually not affordable for people with lower incomes. Considering the great economic inequalities within countries in the global South, exclusion from the in...

APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge
APC member Rhizomatica, winner of the Mozilla Off-the-Grid-Challenge 23 February 2018 APCNews

How do you connect the unconnected? Mozilla and the National Science Foundation posed this question to find innovative wireless technologies that connect people to the internet and to each other. One of the winners of the first round of the “Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge” is APC member Rhizomatica, who use technology, especially mobile, to facilitate development and community organisation in the developing world.  Rhizomatica was recognised with the se...

Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa
Zenzeleni: Do-it-yourself telecoms networks in rural South Africa 26 January 2017 APC

A project registered as a cooperative, Zenzeleni means “do it yourselves” in isiXhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa. What led to this amazing community initiative? is the question featured on the project’s website. The short answer is prices, since compared to similar countries, South African communication costs are still very high. However, there is more to it than price...

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