Why is it such a challenge to provide telecommunications to rural areas? High initial infrastructure investment, relative low call volumes, high maintenance costs due to harsh environments, cash box collection needs, cash security costs (for coin operated phones), card availability (for prepaid airtime systems), technical illiteracy, remote locations, and high transportation costs are just some of the impediments to providing rural telecommunications access. This manual is based on the experiences of the Village Phone Programmes in Bangladesh and Uganda. In rural villages where no telecommunications services have previously existed, the programme provides cellular phones via a sustainable financing mechanism to poor entrepreneurs who use the phone to operate a business. Such has been the success that over 2, 000 village phone businesses are now operating in remote villages of Uganda. This manual is a guideline for replicating the programme in a new country. It establishes a template for creating sustainable initiatives that bring telecommunications to the poor, create viable new businesses for micro-entrepreneurs, and expand the customer base for telecommunications companies.Refer to the Samsung R220 phone manual to explain how to write messages. Solar Panel The solar panel takes a long time to charge. ac The solar panel works best when there is direct sunlight. It does not store power and thus does not work at night or when there is insufficient light. The solar ... The car charger adapter could possibly be faulty or one of the connections from the solar panel to the phone.
|Title||:||Village Phone Replication Manual|
|Author||:||David Keogh, Tim Wood, United Nations ICT Task Force|
|Publisher||:||United Nations Publications - 2005|