New technology has been developed by a Mozambican technology company to bring internet access to remote rural areas in Africa.
Mozambican technology start-up company Kamaleon has developed an innovative and engaging method to unite the rural community. Their new platform, ‘Community Tablet’ (“Tablet Comunitário”) will bring the community together.
The ‘Community Tablet’ gives members of the rural community internet access by integrating the Community Tablet onto a travelling truck-unit. The travelling truck-unit will be able to reach even the most remote regions.
The new travelling truck-unit will act as a communal, shared computer experience. Dayn Amade, founder of Kamaleon, commented on the new technology development. Amade said, “I believe we need to change the way we roll out Internet access to rural communities”.
The internet enables social development and economic growth. Although connectivity across the globe is widespread, there are still more people without internet access than those with connectivity.
In Africa, mobile phones are widely used. However, connectivity to the internet remains very low, especially within rural communities.
In Mozambique, 92.9% of the population still has no internet connection. The Community Tablet aims to promote digital inclusion, ensuring that more people have access to information and communication technologies.
Encouraging interaction with the virtual world, Kamaleon also offers training on how to use the Internet. This training will be offered to members of the local community.
The Community Tablet will also prove useful for supporting health awareness campaigns. It will spread educational messages across various communities.
Amade says, “A few years ago anyone who could not read and write was considered illiterate”.
“today this concept goes further, encompassing people who do not know how to use information and communication technologies”.
Kamaleon vows to “change” this with the Community Tablet. In the future, The Community Tablet will expand across Africa.