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SOS Children’s Villages: Opening windows on the world for African children

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BT satellite broadband access brings online education and clinical apps to African communities

Self-sustaining satellite broadband for remote African villages.

It’s a little known fact that many people in Africa pay ten times as much of their salary for broadband as most of those living in the rest of the world. But BT has teamed up with SOS Children’s villages to help disadvantaged communities overcome that barrier.

The charity’s International Director for West and Central Africa Region, Benoît Piot, firmly believes vulnerable children in its communities are benefiting from the impact of BT’s Connecting Africa project. It uses BT satellite services to bring free broadband to remote villages in thirteen African countries, helping protect children from social isolation. Along with the fun and chat kids elsewhere take for granted, the project has opened new vistas including improved education and better healthcare.

SOS Children’s Villages

This partnership is a real success because BT goes beyond material support. They bring us essential expertise that allows us to connect to 30 villages in thirteen countries and, in effect, give them access to the world.”
- Benoît Piot, International Director, West and Central Africa Region, SOS Children’s Villages.

Fast facts.

  • SOS Children’s Villages works in 134 countries, providing services to compensate for the absence of familial support.
  • BT’s Connecting Africa social inclusion project provides free satellite broadband connectivity to 30 SOS communities across thirteen countries.
  • Digital connectivity is fostering wider schooling activities and opportunities
  • Internet access alongside a BT-supplied medical system is simplifying and streamlining clinical processes at SOS medical centres.

Self-sustaining satellite broadband for remote African villages.

A very small aperture terminal (VSAT) is a two-way satellite ground station with a dish antenna that typically ranges from 75cm to 1.2m. Portability and low-power consumption make VSAT technology ideal for emergency situations and deployment in less-developed countries.

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