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04.25 2014

Village Telco meshes rural areas with ‘digital potatoes’

When Steve Song observed that the poorest do not have access to the Internet or mobile phone, he invented the "Mesh Potatoes." His social enterprise, Village Telco, sets up local wifi networks in rural areas... where traditional operators do not venture. The 'mesh potatoes' rely on an open source device sold 40 dollars since June 2013. Its beauty is that each potato extends the network to other neighboring uncovered areas.
The "Mesh Potatoes" have grown in their homeland in South Africa, then in Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia and Puerto Rico.
An inspiring example of creative vitality and collective power!

Photo : (c) Village Telco



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published on 04/25/2014 at 5:09 pm
#Africa #social innovation
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