Why Cloud Empowerment, Powering the Developing World

Why Cloud Empowerment

The internet now reaches to almost every corner of the world, but if you are off the main fibre corridors , in the developing world, it is delivered over satellite, radio or low speed cellular. For 60% of the world’s population it is financially out of reach and the people miss the benefits of better, education , training , healthcare and opportunity available that  higher speed, unlimited internet service delivers to many communities.  

Today in many countries in Africa a gig of  mobile data cost between $10 and $20.  For many this represents  about 10% of their monthly income.  Reality is that  mobile data  is only used for the most  important  things and there simply is no money for  important things like education ,  training and   creating better opportunity 

Cellular data charges for high speed   education and training are very expensive   and slow  in rural areas. To help bridge this digital divide, we are seeing an explosion of community wifi networks being deployed across all of Africa and in remote indigeneous communities globally.  These communities can now connect to the internet, but still face the challenge of high cost, low bandwidth speeds and  the lack of technology skills and services to take advantage of the explosion of low cost mobile access devices, and the delivery of high speed local networking to their communities. 

 The Cloud Empowerment team understands the challenges faced by the poor and those living in remote communities and with the poorest having little money or technical skills, we have built a new model of empowerment and opportunity for  those marginalized by high bandwidth costs and slow network speeds. 

The CE Hub can be deployed as a standalone product in a community, or  a key part of an artichitected solution, providing  better education , healthcare and opportunity for an entire region, country or continent.  We call our our platform  the HEAT, and bringing the HEAT to a region empowers all, Health, Education, Applications and Testing  are  the key to a better life for all.

 The Cloud Empowered  Hub or NAS  "Network Addressable Storage"  can also be configured to meet the needs of vertical markets, on wifi or over the internet  in education, healthcare, agriculture, film and the arts , plus a host of other verticals.  Best of all, we think of development as a process and a product and all we do is  templated and repeatable  anywhere  globally and all is backed up and managed by our highly skilled team in Karamoja.

If you are interested in  our Cloud Empowerment solution, or our HEAT Platform for your project, , please write  to  pat@cloudempowerment.com  Content, Connection and  Collection vital  services that change lives and empower all.


The Cellular Data Barrier

Why the use of mobile phones has not taken off in Africa for development

With data being    expensive in rural Africa, few individuals have the money to  cover the cost of education and training  using  cellular data, even if there were high speed networks capable of supporting it.  this is why we   took education and training   over to wifi, so that everyone  in a community within reach of  a CE Hub can have unlimited free access to   books and  video education and training.

For many NGO's and governments we have not seen the adaption of mobile data collection and management of data for projects.  Again, the key driver is the cost of  data.  Assume you have 20 people   and you need to collect health or medical  records, and you have provided each  person with a smart phone.  Once you load data for them and if at minimum  they use $10 per month of data, you have no idea what they   were using, this amounts to  $200 per month or $2400 a year and it is ongoing for life.  Wit the CE platform and the use of wifi on an unlimited basis,   the only data charge is to  gather the records from the   CE Hub,    and this might be less than $10 per month in total.  With a CE hub costing less than $1000, the return is immediate and  everyone in a community can now use it.


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The Telecom Dilema

Cellular Vrs Wireless

People confuse  wireless and cellular  all the  time.  The  mobile operator or carrier wants you to believe they are on in the same, but they are not.  Cellular service requires a SIM card and a data usage plan from  the  local  carrier and  the user pays for usage   based upon the amount of data used.  For many NGO's this presents a major problem, if you give phones to all your team,  pay for cellular service  for them, you have no idea  what  they use the data for and you end up  with a lot  of growing  usage bills and no way to control or manage costs.    Building services on a cellular platfrom   can be a recipe for disaster, as bills keep rising, making the  carrier happier and you not so happy.  Add to this, the cellular speeds are not fast enough to support true HD video and if  it did, costs would even be higher.

The team at Cloud Empowerment understand this and   being telecom specialists, we  built the CE NAS to run on wifi, not   the internet.  On wifi,   we have  very high speed,  perfect quality and no monthly or re-occuring costs.  Everyone can access all material and you can share learning and training with your entire community for free.  naturally, at times, your staff will need to reach the internet and we can manage this through one gateway, managing right down to where your staff can  go  or not go.  High  variable  cellular bills might be the greater t impediment to the deployment of technology to do good in the developing world.


In Memory of Paul Sherwen

Paul Sherwen was a dear friend of myself, Alfred and Giz, we dedicate Cloud Empowerment to  our friend Paul, who   grew up in Karamoja, loved the people and spent a great deal of time empowering them and  helping all to a better life.   Paul was a key part of the rollout of Bicycles for Humanity globally and iEmpowerment.org  When we brought 4500 biked to Karamoja after the wars, I knew that I   was home and  keen to help grow world class companies  in partnership with the  local people.  Paul, Theo Vos and I worked together to  help Theo grow Kara-tunga.com into a world class tourism business .  We started the Tour of Karamoja , see tourofkaramoja.com and this is now turning into  an exciting mountain bike adventure tour business in the region. Giz, Alfred and I  are all technology  specialists and we felt that the best way to  honour our friend was to build a world class technology service company in the heart of Karamoja that would sell services globally in our friends honor. Mountain biking is in our blood, we encourge you to visit the Ride Karamoja pages contained in this site.