Access to broadband has become a prerequisite for successful teaching. However, limited network infrastructure leaves many African schools on the periphery of educational progress.
Partners: Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF)
Thousands of schools in East Africa are located beyond the reach of terrestrial broadband. For schools lucky enough to have access to the internet, the connection is rarely reliable and in-country coverage is inconsistent. To enhance learning, a resilient broadband service capable of reaching hundreds of remote schools in Tanzania was required.
To meet the connectivity needs of rural schools in Dar es Salaam, Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) partnered with Avanti Communications to deliver a significant satellite broadband installation programme across Tanzania using Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite, which provides nationwide coverage.
High speed broadband was installed at a series of schools, providing connectivity to pupils where previously there had been none. Avanti’s Ka-band technology enabled e-learning to become embedded within the schools’ core curriculum.
- Avanti successfully deployed high speed broadband to Tanzania’s most remote schools in short timeframes
- Schools are now able to access the growing number of e-learning programmes that are on offer worldwide
- The quality of both learning and teaching has increased, benefitting communities across Tanzania
- Avanti’s leading satellite technology reaches beyond the limitations of terrestrial networks, helping to bridge the digital divide in African education
“We are excited to be part of this project as it will improve our pupils’learning through ICT. Tanzania’s key development objective for 2014 and beyond is to become a Centre of Excellence for the care of deaf children and work as an outreach facility for the local Tanzanian deaf community. Access to broadband is a vital step towards this. We very much look forward to seeing how the children respond to internet access.” – Mwalimu Winfrida, Headteacher at Buguruni School for the Deaf.