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.
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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.
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.
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.
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