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Project ID: 1143026902
Entity: Nokia
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Activity: Nokia and Grameen Foundation USA join forces to bring affordable telecommunications to rural villages in Africa
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Activity description: The aim of the rural village phone project is to provide rural communities with valuable communications services through mobile phones to enable them to start self-sustaining businesses. With the help of microfinance individuals living in rural areas can become “village phone operators” and provide communications services to their communities. The project is instrumental in increasing local economic activity and business opportunities. Village Phone Program is a collaborative effort to bring telecommunication access to rural villages in Uganda and Rwanda. In order to achieve full network coverage in rural villages of Uganda and Rwanda Nokia and GFUSA have jointly developed a solution based on Nokia’s entry-level phones and an external antenna to serve rural communities in these countries. As part of the cooperation, Nokia and GFUSA, will conduct a study. The intent of the study is to measure the effects of the mobile telecommunications on community development and individual business integration as well as to evaluate micro credit as a sustainable tool to remove the initial cash barrier. This is an example of Nokia’s commitment to Universal Access and bridging digital divide This project has been submitted to the Golden Book database.
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Entity from: International
Geographical coverage of the activity: International
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Related MDGs:
MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
Activity type: Project, Programme
Time scale: Ongoing: 2006 -
Partners: Grameen Foundation USA


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