July 29, 2013
Zambian low-cost rural communications and services provider to work with traditional leaders
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA –Zambian rural telecommunications and service solutions company Connect Africa has paid tribute to the nation’s traditional leaders and their role in promoting rural development.
Connect Africa representatives attended Senior Chief Shakumbila’s traditional ceremony in Mumbwa District on Saturday and have paid tribute to the nation’s traditional leaders and their role in promoting rural development.
The contribution of chiefs to enhancing the livelihoods of rural people was praised during the Ikubi-Lya-loongo ceremony in Senior Chief Shakumbila’s chiefdom in Mumbwa District, which was held on Saturday (July 27) near Connect Africa’s innovative low-cost pilot telecommunications base station.
“Traditional leaders play a pivotal role the well-being and prosperity of communities, particularly in remote areas, and their strong leadership can help their people to be part of the global village,” said Connect Africa Special Projects Director Dion Jerling. “We are honoured to be working alongside Senior Chief Shakumbila to bring connectivity to his people.” Continue reading
July 26, 2013
Zambian low-cost rural communications provider set to expand across the Continent
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA –Zambia’s pioneering rural telecommunications equipment and solutions company, Connect Africa, officially opened its Lusaka office today (July 26), paving the way for a roll-out of services across the region.
The company has chosen Zambia as its hub, which it plans to use as the springboard from which to launch its low-cost entrepreneur-driven information and communications technology (ICT) services to rural communities across southern Africa.
Department of Communications Assistant Director of Technical Services Sechwayo Nzima (centre) officially opens Connect Africa’s new Lusaka office, flanked by Connect Africa chairman Ian McFadyen (left) and Special Projects Director Dion Jerling.
“Connect Africa is pioneering a new model of service delivery that puts rural people in control of their communications needs,” explained Connect Africa Special Projects Director Dion Jerling. “We see Zambia as the leading example of how state-of-the art technology can be harnessed to connect remote communities to the mobile phone network, empowering them to develop their livelihoods as a result.” Continue reading
Rural communities walk often long distances to the clinic
Over the years, Connect Africa’s field work has taken the team off the beaten track through the Southern African region, and led to some pretty interesting revelations. The years of travelling through remote villages and camping in deep rural areas have resulted in a wealth of knowledge about cross-cutting areas of development.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) might sound like words which should be confined to the laboratories of computer nerds and tech-savvy geeks. Yet their impact on the ground to transform lives and communities is nowhere better illustrated than by looking into the subject of health. Continue reading
Connect Africa Managing Director Dion Jerling with stakeholders in Lusaka
Leading the way: Partnering with Government, Mobile Network Operators and Traditional Leadership
Over the past 10 years, Connect Africa has developed a unique ICT model for rural development that can facilitate government’s socio-economic objectives – quickly.
Using rapidly deployed low-power, low-cost out-door cellular base stations, Connect Africa Logistics Ltd (CALL) presents an effective and sustainable cellular coverage solution for remote rural communities that provides them with access to communication, in turn stimulating and supporting rural development. Continue reading
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