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African villagers connect with Nokia Siemens

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Nokia Siemens Networks has added Internet access capability to its Village Connection, combining technology with business model innovation to create a self-sustaining model for rural access in emerging markets. 

The Village Connection with Internet Kiosk will enable people in remote villages to access the Internet. Internet Kiosk allows them to connect, and access online information with an opportunity to improve their quality of life.
The Internet Kiosk provides a holistic solution which brings voice, SMS, and Internet access to rural locations untouched by the power of the Internet and mobile communication. Internet Kiosk will utilise the IP backhaul connection of the solution.
The key challenge for the rural connectivity is affordability, and typically consumers with low income in rural areas can spend only very little on mobile and Internet services. Nokia Siemens Networks Village Connection addresses these challenges by combining technology with business model innovation to create a solution which is self sustaining, easy to implement and benefits everyone involved.
For rural consumers Nokia Siemens Networks Village Connection is, in many cases, the only way to access voice, mobility and the Internet. It helps them communicate across geographic boundaries, and access information to realize greater business and social opportunities.
In areas such as healthcare, education and business, the power of the Internet can transform lives. By enabling the people to have affordable access to online information services such as commodity prices, healthcare and education, Village Connection Internet Kiosk will improve the wellbeing, knowledge base and economic prospects of rural consumers.
Village Connection Internet Kiosk also provides rural consumers with shared access models similar to those available to Internet café customers in urban areas.
Local entrepreneurs who support the operator and manage Village Connection networks for mobile services, can now also provide services based on Internet access.
Village Connection Internet Kiosk is easy to operate via a shared computer in a village. Entrepreneurs have a valuable role as they are able to tutor villagers on how to use the Internet for accessing relevant information and services.
The system provides villages with autonomous local access points, which include all the technology needed to establish a village-level communications network.
These local networks can be run by village entrepreneurs as franchises, reducing costs for network operators. In turn, local networks support full connectivity to an operator's main network.