Internet connectivity challenges and lack of local content in Tanzania rural communities. The Individuals using the Internet per 100 inhabitants is estimated to be 53.6% globally. However, Africa as a continent has 28.2% Internet access whereas Europe continent is leading with 82.5% (as of 2019). Africa faces several challenges for universal Internet access but two pain points are lack of affordable network infrastructure and lack of local content. In Tanzania, more than half of the population remains unconnected and unable to benefit from participation in the digital economy. Studies have pointed out that 86% of Tanzanian rural dwellers have no access to Internet services and fewer women have access to and use of the Internet when compared to men (RIA, 2017). In order to address the Internet connectivity challenges, a combination of approaches is required. Kondoa Community Network was established to address the issue of Internet connectivity challenges in rural and underserved areas. ...
Internet connectivity challenges and lack of local content in Tanzania rural communities. The Individuals using the Internet per 100 inhabitants is estimated to be 53.6% globally. However, Africa as a continent has 28.2% Internet access whereas Europe continent is leading with 82.5% (as of 2019). Africa faces several challenges for universal Internet access but two pain points are lack of affordable network infrastructure and lack of local content. In Tanzania, more than half of the population remains unconnected and unable to benefit from participation in the digital economy. Studies have pointed out that 86% of Tanzanian rural dwellers have no access to Internet services and fewer women have access to and use of the Internet when compared to men (RIA, 2017). In order to address the Internet connectivity challenges, a combination of approaches is required. Kondoa Community Network was established to address the issue of Internet connectivity challenges in rural and underserved areas. Community members from rural and underserved areas are empowered to establish local community networks in order to address obstacles hindering internet penetration. Challenges related to lack of local content will be addressed using GAIUS network (a US based company already carrying out successful deployments in Kenya). GAIUS is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) mobile (only) platform and not a social media platform. The platform inherently support hyper-local communities to create any type of content via the mobile, as well as monetise hyper-local content. Hence every single community on GAIUS is monetizable and the revenue is shared with the community owner. Each of these communities can scale at any size and has its own monetisation potential based on their user engagement. Enabling content monetisation within communities incentivise creation of constant good quality content as well as stronger and constant engagement with their users.
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