Web for Africa, can this UK business be the answer

A new modem is being planned specifically to be used in Africa.

Launched at this month’s TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, the modem is expected to permit a far larger extent of Internet connectivity athwart the continent.

The device, which has been formally called BRCK, will accomplish its objectives by switching between Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and normal broadband.

BRCK is announced by Kenyan firm Ushahidi (which interprets from Swahili as ‘testimony’). Ushahidi provide open-source application that is used throughout a variety of African nations, also as Japan and South America, amongst the rest.

Regular, uninterrupted Internet connectivity can be a aggravating prospect in the African continent.

Juliana Rotich, director of Ushahidi said, “While Africa might have joining the digital revolution and cellular is getting ubiquitous, Web connectivity is not always consistent also the cost of connecting is high” she then added “We get on the web and then there is a power cut and we’re plunged into darkness and the Internet connection drops.”

The central model behind BRCK was to design a modem which was Africa-specific, dealing with all the a range of challenges presented by the region.

In an endeavor to beat African electricity shortages, BRCK will let African customers to keep connected even if the power shorts out.

The BRCK will use an eight-hour battery, largely to beat said power shortages, also as special cloud-based software program that enables the consumer to check WiFi signal strength and availability of electrical power.

The modem can connect to up to twenty devices at a point and is made to be strong and durable when traversing harsh terrain. Ushahidi’s company motto is “if it works in Africa, it will work anywhere”

Basically, BRCK works by making use of several networks rather than only one, making the chances of getting a signal that much better. An additional aerial, designed to boost signal strength, will probably be used for gaining Web access in the more remote areas of the region.

Ushahidi is eager that this new product helps to head an increase in the production of other Africa-specific hardware within the near future.

The BRCK showed to be a preferred addition of the Edinburgh-based conference. It might be released in November with a price tag of £130. Pre order options are available now.