Interesting projects: Skyrove

Through this blog post of Steve Song – who works for the Shuttleworth Foundation (you know – the guy from Ubuntu) in South Africa – I found the page of the South African company Skyrove.

I immediately liked the page, it has an easy and user friendly interface and the business principle is easy explained. It’s about motivating people to buy WIFI-hotspots and provide internet access publicly for payment. Skyrove takes over the user and credit management for a share of the revenue.

It’s easy to become a provider as well as to buy credits.

The system does not only work for South Africa but world wide.

I think that’s a great system for fostering the availability of WIFI. It enabes local businessmen – like shop- or cafe- owners – to earn money and at the same time provide internet for people with no prior access.

Way to go – check it out

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Interesting projects: Skyrove
was published on 03.09.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under sub saharan africa
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  1. Henk Kleynhans Says:

    Thanks for the mention about Skyrove! Something I’ve noticed: In Europe, Broadband at home is cheap. Thus WiFi is about convenience when you are away from home; at a cafe, hotel or airport. In Southern Africa, the costs of an ADSL line (before even getting any bandwidth, it costs about 45 Euro, a LOT in SA) are prohibitively high. WiFi is thus a way to provide cheaper internet access for people at their HOMES! Not just when they’re out and about!

    Check out the Skyrove Blog at http://www.skyrove.com/blog. We’ll hopefully be making some exciting announcements soon about some new technology we believe is going to change the telecoms game in Africa dramatically!

  2. Florian Sturm Says:

    Thanks for the comment, we’ll keep an eye on you 😉

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