Thanks to proliferation of low-cost smartphones, prepaid mobile phones, inexpensive recharging and new SIM (subscriber identification module) cards available for less than half a dollar.
Where large-scale telecommunications service providers have been unwilling to invest in rolling out offerings, low-cost, opensource GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) base stations extend access.
A coalition of private sector, public sector and civil society organizations has worked to make internet access more affordable by better utilizing white spaces and enabling more innovative uses of wireless spectrum.
In spite of a ratio of unconnected people to connected that is higher than worldwide, the country has success in delivering e-education and e-health in its hilly and remote areas via IEEE 802.11™ “Wi-Fi®” networks.
A holistic project to 1) simplify services through rollout of an eGovernment platform 2) create an innovation district to support the country’s digital ecosystem 3) deploy telecom infrastructure to connect schools, hospitals, police stations, and other public institutions.
Guifi.net is a free telecommunications community network based on a commons model. “The development of this common-pool infrastructure eases the access to quality, fair-priced telecommunications in general and broadband Internet connections in particular, for everybody.”
The 85th country to join the Eduroam (for “education roaming”) secure, wireless network, connecting people around the world beyond university campuses to support global mobility for more academics, students and researchers.