COMMUNITY CLOUD

The Community Cloud pilot project aims to be a working, sustainable Proof of Concept to be replicated for other underserved settlements and disaster areas in the country.

A Raincloud Technologies & AEDI Initiative in partnership with Innovate.

The Community Cloud program is working towards free access to the internet within large gathering spaces and large polka dot areas of informal settlements and low-income communities. This will stimulate knowledge and development by allowing people to access the internet and other web services from their homes, transport hubs, or simply along walking routes. Mechanisms will be explored to support and encourage municipalities and other local authorities to establish wireless networks around Namibia aimed at enabling access and innovation. The Community Cloud pilot project aims to be a working, sustainable Proof of Concept to be replicated for other underserved settlements, refugee camps and disaster areas in the country.

The Community Cloud pilot project aims to be a working, sustainable Proof of Concept to be replicated for other underserved settlements, refugee camps and disaster areas in the country.

 

Namibia’s 5th National Development Plan (NDP5) identifies the importance of transforming Namibia into a knowledge-based economy as a critical priority. This requires widespread availability, affordability and accessibility of a full range of communication and technology infrastructure services including high speed internet services for all Namibians including in informal settlements. As per the NDP5, Namibia aims to have universal access to information, affordable communication and technology infrastructure and services by 2022. It also seeks to ensure that 90% of its population is covered by broadband infrastructure by 2020. In order to meet this ambitious goal, the plan identifies the upgrading of ICT infrastructure across the country. This also requires putting in place ICT infrastructure for affordable access where it has not been previously been existing. The plan outlines that “public Access Points will be established in remote areas to improve access and utilization of the internet.”[1]

[1] http://www.gov.na/documents/10181/14226/NDP+5/

 

 


Prototype developed and engineered by RainCloud Technologies. 

Katutura townhip in Windhoek, Namibia.