Turning a profit connecting rural Africa
How Connect Africa is trying to work with government and communities to provide a sustainable and profitable rural telecoms solution
By Frances Rose, Head of EMEA, TowerXchange: Dion Jerling is clearly passionate about technology and about using it to help rural and underserved communities in Africa. Giving up his career in Europe, he has worked for the last ten years on developing solutions which will bring network access to communities across the African continent and enable them to make the most of new services in healthcare, education and commerce. But of course the problem isn’t the ideal – the problem is sustainability, and this means turning a profit from small and underserved populations.
TowerXchange: Can you tell us more about the history behind Connect Africa?
Dion Jerling, Founder, Connect Africa:
The idea is to use technology to bring services to rural communities.