Ericsson to deliver connected kiosk to Rwanda

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Ericsson and Coca-Cola have revealed a pilot project to bring mobile connectivity to Rwanda. The Ekocenter is a solar-powered kiosk developed with German start-up company Solarkiosk. Tigo Rwanda and Ericsson will provide connectivity for the kiosk. Coca-Cola Company plans to roll out the pilot project in six countries in Africa and Asia in 2015.

The kiosks will be run by local female entrepreneurs, and serve as a community centre where people gather and have access to free and fee-based services. The new connectivity services could include education, health care, mobile commerce, information and entertainment.

Ericsson will initially deploy its Managed Rural Coverage (MRC) solution to provide internet services to the Ekocenter in rural Rwanda. The company's TV Anywhere service will enable access to education and healthcare content as well as infotainment capabilities, enabling the kiosk to become a connected hub. Ericsson will also provide Ekocenter with its M-Commerce platform that enables people to make transactions using their mobile wallets.

Source: Telecompaper 5 March 2015