CAMEROON - DOUALA TO GET INTERNET SERVICES WITH WI-FI LAMPPOSTS
A Singapore company has devised a way to provide Internet services through lampposts, the company said Wednesday.
The company, Nex-G Systems, was originally hired to provide streetlights for the largest city in Cameroon.
When the lights go on, the company will also be providing technology to connect people to the Internet, said chief executive officer Ronnie Persad, a 55-year-old Singapore-based Briton.
The company won a US$29 million deal earlier this month to provide "smart" solar powered lampposts to Cameroon.
"Initially, the idea was to install street lamps that could be remotely controlled from a central point," Persad said.
"We thought, why not put in telecoms infrastructure as well so people can go online and make telephone calls too," The Straits Times quoted him as saying.
The company plans to install WiFi, a short-range wireless technology, on about 4,000 lamps in Douala, providing Internet access even to some of the city's remote areas.
The project will bring the Internet to sparsely populated places where it is not profitable for telecommunications operators to lay telephone cables, Persad told the newspaper.