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LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY AWARD

The Last Mile Connectivity Award recognises organisations and initiatives that have significantly increased access to reliable and affordable internet in underserved areas.


Nokia - LTE Fixed Wireless Access for superior last mile connectivity for Tizeti's subscribers in Nigeria
Nokia - LTE Fixed Wireless Access for superior last mile connectivity for Tizeti's subscribers in Nigeria

Nokia provides Nigerian CSP, Tizeti, with LTE Fixed Wireless Access solution for high-speed internet services for subscribers in the country. Nokia's Fastmile and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology enables the service provider to provide superior last mile connectivity services to over one million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.

Tizeti deploys Nokia's AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and Fastmile Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) gateways to deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to residences as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The solution also enables Tizeti to deliver a more robust, high-speed internet service to subscribers and, most importantly, the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.

Liquid Telecom - connecting the DRC and South Sudan
Liquid Telecom - connecting the DRC and South Sudan

Liquid Telecom has built and operates the largest fibre network in Africa which spans more than 70,000km from Cape Town to Cairo.

"We believe that internet access is a basic human right and that every individual on the African continent has the right to be connected."

During 2019/20, they built the first fibre networks in both The Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan (SS), huge engineering feats across vast countries with unstable Governments, security issues and a lack of electricity. These networks have been years in the planning and are the most significant infrastructure projects in any sector in Africa in recent years. This entry deserves to win because these networks have brought connectivity - cross-nation and last mile -  at affordable prices to millions of people and businesses.

Vodacom Tanzania's Smart Kitochi, enabled by KaiOS
Vodacom Tanzania's Smart Kitochi, enabled by KaiOS

KaiOS powers low-cost devices to significantly increase access to reliable and affordable internet in underserved areas and help build a better, more inclusive, digital world.

Today KaiOS has shipped 135 million devices to over 150 countries. The first KaiOS-enabled device in Africa was announced at 2018 AfricaCom, and now these devices are available in most of the SSA countries and retail between US$15-25. Take Tanzania as an example:

Tanzania has one of the youngest populations in Africa but just 13% of the people own a smartphone. Vodacom Tanzania has worked with KaiOS to tackle the problem of low smartphone penetration and usage with encouraging results.

At an affordable price of TZS 48,000 ($ 20), Vodacom Tanzania launched Smart Kitochi in late 2019. It comes bundled with 4GB data per month, 100 mins talk time, and 500 SMS messages for the first 6 months.

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