Ten success stories in bringing ICT to rural communities

This report by the Commonwealth Rural Connectivity highlights successful projects that can be replicated throughout the Commonwealth countries….. citing Uganda’s MTN Village Phone project

Villagers in the rural areas of Uganda that have no direct access to telecommunications have relied on village phone operators for their communications needs. Bringing information and communication technology (ICT) to rural and isolated communities in Uganda has been made possible through an MTN and Grameen Foundation project established in 2003.

This project facilitates the purchase of specialised mobile phones by rural entrepreneurs through microfinance loans to enable them to serve as village phone operators in areas with no telecommunication infrastructure. The Grameen Foundation acts as a facilitator between the telecom and microfinance sectors. To date, close to 7,000 new village phone operators have set up business in Uganda.

This village phone project has been cited as one of the ten successful ICT business model by the Commonwealth Rural Connectivity Report following a study conducted by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. Read on….

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