Next Africa a Zimbabwean based high tech company has partnered the recently launched global satelite operator Yahsat to provide internet access to off grid Zimbabweans, residing in in peri urban and rural communities.
Next Africa will be offering solar energy to support their satelite based services at no extra cost to the client, while also supplying the hardware for connectivity.
In an interview with TechnoMag, Founder and CEO of 37 PVT Ltd Tawanda Jonathan Mushawedu Regain said for us at Zimbabwe Smart Sustainable Cities initiative, a Smart Education pillar, which is part of the National ICT policy launched by President Mnangagwa early this year, this a great fulfilment of our calling, the beginning of “creating a world class citizen” as our motto boldly claims, we believe the rural folk too deserves access to the digital world of endless possibilities.
The Next Africa project will be a game changer mainly because of its strategy to greatly empower the connected communities’ theme, in off grid and underserved communities which seeks to digitally empower the ordinary citizen, from children to adults, students, researchers, entrepreneurs in their daily productive cycles thereby promoting their
right to digital information.
Regain 37 PVT Ltd, has identified all the major local ISPs to deploy the internet connectivity to major schools, clinics and vocational training centres.
X-Sat Global Group, and Regain 37 PVT Ltd, are focusing on providing the technology, software and hardware while local ISP partners, provide the last mile connectivity and support in this project.
Under this partnership the three entities are driven to provide the best connectivity and devices that allows a pupil in a public school or private school to benefit from the internet connectivity via real time interactive devices, something that most of the competing solutions have failed to provide.
Mr Jonathan Mushawedu also noted that there is remarkable digital divide among urban and rural areas and their company will present a model for providing e-learning services to remote/rural areas in order to promote and facilitate modern education
“Next Africa is looking at providing e-learning tools to more than 6000 of our the 9000 public schools in Zimbabwe,” he added.
For customers the internet service provider will offer as a pay as you go model charging prices that are set to be way lowere than the other current services providers on a fixed calendar month.