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Modem to improve African net access announced.

Modem TED Ushahidi Kenya Afrca Edinburgh UK BRCK Julianna Rotich

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A modem designed specifically for Africa has been announced at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh.


The device combines rugged design with a range of connectivity options, switching between wi-fi, 3G and fixed broadband.


Ushahidi, the Kenyan tech firm behind BRCK, believe Africa-specific hardware is long overdue.


Director Juliana Rotich hopes it will kickstart a hardware revolution on the continent.


Ushahidi - a Swahili word for "testimony" - began life designing software to monitor the 2008 Kenyan elections.


Since then, its open source software has found worldwide fame and a diverse range of uses, from helping victims of the Haiti earthquake and Japanese tsunami to fixing potholes.


Talking to the BBC, Ms Rotich, who is also a senior TED fellow, explained how the team was fed up with making do with hardware that had never been designed to cope with the specific issues faced in Africa.


From http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-22818596


Good Luck to Ushahidi with the modem in Africa.

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Um, not to be rude to them, but shouldn't they focus on food and water before modem?

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Actually communication is pretty important to improving their situation there. It isn't just about giving as much stuff to people as possible, you also need to educate them and spread information. Information is so much more powerful than some food. Like the old saying goes, feed a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Information is power and the internet spread information like nothing before it.

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