Internet for Africa, can this UK company be the answer

A brand new modem is being designed specially to be used in Africa.

Announced at this week’s TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, the modem is anticipated to permit a far better extent of Web connectivity across the region.

The device, which may be formally called BRCK, will achieve its targets by switching between Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and normal broadband.

BRCK has been developed by Kenyan firm Ushahidi (which translates from Swahili as ‘testimony’). Ushahidi supply open-source application that is used right through a variety of African nations, also as Japan and South America, among others.

Methodical, nonstop Online connectivity is usually a irritating prospect in the African region.

Juliana Rotich, director of Ushahidi said, “While Africa might have joining the digital revolution and mobile is getting omnipresent, Internet connectivity isn’t always consistent also the cost of connecting is high” she then added “We get online and then there’s a black-out and we are plunged into darkness plus the Web connection drops.”

The vital model behind BRCK was to design a modem which was Africa-specific, dealing with the a range of problems presented through the region.

In an endeavor to combat African electrical power shortages, BRCK will allow African users to remain connected even if the power shorts out.

The BRCK will make use of an eight-hour battery, largely to beat said energy shortages, as well as special cloud-based software program that allows the consumer to check WiFi signal strength and availability of electricity.

The modem will be able to connect with as much as 20 appliances at a point and is made to be strong and sturdy when traversing harsh territory. Ushahidi’s company motto is “if it works in Africa, it will work anywhere”

Basically, BRCK works by making use of numerous networks rather than just one, making the odds of getting a signal that much better. An extra aerial, created to boost signal strength, will be used for gaining Internet access in the more remote areas of the continent.

Ushahidi is eager that this new product helps to spearhead an increase in the production of added Africa-specific hardware within the near future.

The BRCK showed to be a preferred addition of the Edinburgh-based conference. It could be released in November and a price tag of £130. Pre order options are available now.