SOLARKIOSK and SES Techcom Services sign agreement to bring Internet to underserved communities worldwide
New partnership will focus on providing Internet access to thousands of users via the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBBs anytime, anywhere
AA – SOLARKIOSK AG, the energy and business gateway to underserved communities worldwide, and SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of world-leading satellite operator SES, announced today that they have entered a new partnership to deliver high-quality connectivity to communities worldwide.
Under the agreement, SOLARKIOSK will be able to use satellite connectivity to provide Internet access to underserved areas, initially in Africa. This will be done via SOLARKISOK’s E-HUBB structures, designed by the Berlin-based architecture firm Graft, which use solar technology to provide electricity to all systems, including the satellite dish, in order to enable a wide range of connectivity services to the local community.
The partnership between SES Techcom Services and SOLARKIOSK is the first major step to deliver off-grid, connected solar infrastructure solutions for communities worldwide, targeting individual users, businesses, schools, medical centres and farms. It enables SES and SOLARKIOSK to provide fast Internet access in regions that are sorely missing reliable connectivity options. “In remote and isolated communities, basic services like education and healthcare can be hindered by what we call the Digital Divide”said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES Techcom Services. “Our partnership with SOLARKIOSK aims to overcome those limitations by providing high-quality connectivity services. SOLARKIOSK has a wide network of E-HUBB structures and we are proud to play such a vital role in the future success of the programme.”
SOLARKIOSK CEO Andreas Spiess added: “Enabling reliable energy access in underserved regions is our core mission at SOLARKIOSK. Energy access is conditional to connectivity. All SOLARKIOSK E-HUBBs are powered by solar energy and are therefore able to bring satellite TV, Internet access and modern communication tools to our customers and partners in the respective communities were we currently operate. Through our partnership with SES, we can create a significant and positive impact on Base of the Pyramid communities in Africa and around the world.”
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