Portable Solar Powered Internet Café For Rural African Communities

Portable Solar Powered Internet Café For Rural African Communities
Innovation

Computer Aid International, an IT focused non-profit has created a portable solar powered internet café, giving rural African communities online access.

Kyana Gordon
  • 22 april 2010

Computer Aid International, an IT focused non-profit finished its prototype of a new solar powered Internet café, giving rural African communities online access. A standard 20-foot shipping container is used as the shell of the cafe, topped with solar panel roofing, and housing a full computer set up with a network of eleven workstations running off a standard Pentium 4 PC. The concept allows for easy shipping to Africa, where it can be dropped off at a remote location, and offer a convenient connection to the Internet. At the end of March, the first cyber café was shipped to Macha, Zambia, providing the community with Internet access through Africa’s largest rural wi-fi network.

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