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Education for Every Child

Universal Communications Service Access Fund partners with Avanti

Access to broadband has become a prerequisite for successful teaching. However, limited network infrastructure leaves many African schools on the periphery of educational progress.

Region: Tanzania
Partners: Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF)

The Challenge

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.

The Solution

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.

The Benefits
  • 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