Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) has announced the introduction of an Internet Kiosk for its Village Connection offering. This will bring voice, SMS and Internet access to rural locations where Internet and mobile communication are rare.
The Internet Kiosk will allow villagers to connect and access online information as well as provide them with an opportunity to improve their quality of life.
Challenges for rural connectivity like affordability are answered by Nokia Siemens Networks Village Connection by combining technology with a business model for innovation. This creates a solution that is self sustaining, easy to implement and benefits everyone involved in the system.
In many cases, the Nokia Siemens Networks Village Connection is the only way to access voice, mobility and the Internet. With the Village Connection, users are able to communicate across geographic boundaries and access information for better business and social opportunities.
Village Connection Internet Kiosk also helps local entrepreneurs, who can now provide services based on Internet access.
With Village Connection Internet Kiosk, entrepreneurs can tutor villagers on how to use the Internet to access relevant information and services and the system provides villages with autonomous local access points, which include all the technology needed to establish a village-level communications network. These local networks can be run by village entrepreneurs as franchises, reducing costs for network operators. In turn, local networks support full connectivity to the operator’s main network.
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