Located in southern Africa, the Republic of Namibia does not have wireless broadband services mainly due to the high costs associated with this service, in spite of the fact that the overall mobile broadband penetration rates have been growing constantly over the past few years. Recently, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has joined a project launched by MyDigitalBridge Foundation that aims to bring broadband connectivity to Namibia.
This broadband-related project is known as Citizen Connect and it aims to give the people of Namibia high-speed, high-quality broadband access to the Internet only at a fraction of the typical cost for this service. This is a rather innovative type of broadband connection given the fact that it provides access to the Internet via an unused television frequency – the main benefit of this revolutionary technology is that it can deliver a steady and continuous Internet signal even in remote areas where the classic Internet would otherwise be impossible to use, or extremely expensive.
What Is MyDigitalBridge Foundation?
In a nutshell, this is a non-profit organization that is based in Namibia, and whose sole purpose is to increase the access to technology and to help marginalized communities live a better and easier life. This is exactly what this helpful broadband connection project aims to do, and the initiative was launched almost a year ago, at the beginning of 2013, with the purpose of improving the global competitiveness of Africa.
There has been a number of other similar projects launched on the African continent for other countries, such as South Africa or Kenya, and the current one destined for Namibia is expected to be effective starting with the first few months of 2014. After the program will be launched, people will have full access to well-written, rich and high-quality sources of information that will surely improve the educational opportunities of the local people.
At the moment, there is a “digital break” between the continents, and this project aims to create some sort of “digital bridge” that will connect Namibia with the entire world, so what the users will not have to pay staggering sums of money for Internet services. However, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative goes beyond providing affordable access to the Internet to the people of Namibia, as it actually aims to speed up the economic development in this country by delivering high-quality and useful services to the African people, along with smart devices and gadgets to benefit students and not only.