Innovative Modem Can Aid African Online Access

An innovative new modem is being planned specially to be used in Africa.

Introduced at this week’s TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, the modem is anticipated to permit a far better degree of Online connectivity across the continent.

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

BRCK has been announced by Kenyan firm Ushahidi (which interprets from Swahili as ‘testimony’). Ushahidi offer open-source application that’s used right through a variety of African nations, as well as Japan and South America, among others.

Methodical, nonstop Online connectivity is usually a irritating prospect throughout the African region.

Juliana Rotich, director of Ushahidi said, “While Africa might have joining the digital revolution and mobile is becoming omnipresent, Web connectivity is not always reliable and then the cost of connecting is high” she then added “We get on the internet and then there’s a black-out and we are plunged into darkness plus the Web connection drops.”

The central idea behind BRCK was to make a modem which was Africa-specific, dealing with the various challenges presented through the continent.

In an attempt to fight African electrical power shortages, BRCK will let African consumers to keep connected even if the energy shorts out.

The BRCK will use an eight-hour battery, largely to overcome said energy shortages, as well as particular cloud-based software that enables the user to test WiFi signal strength and availability of electricity.

The modem will be able to connect to up to twenty appliances at a point and is built to be strong and sturdy when traversing harsh territory. 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 odds of obtaining a signal that much better. An extra aerial, made to boost signal strength, will be used for gaining Internet access in the more remote areas of the continent.

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

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