Case Study - Uganda
Smart Poles represent a transformative solution for bridging the digital divide, promoting social change, and fostering economic growth in rural African communities. By combining digital connectivity, smart lighting solutions, and potential government e-services, these units have the power to empower residents and transform rural areas into hubs of digital innovation.
With success stories emerging from Uganda, where iSAT Africa has installed these poles, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. As Smart Poles continue to be deployed across rural Africa, the vision of a connected, empowered, and sustainable future is within reach, empowering rural communities and ensuring their rightful place in the digital age.
iSAT Africa has brought mobile internet access to communities in northeastern Uganda, marking a significant milestone. They achieved this by setting up five mobile network sites in collaboration with Parallel Wireless, enabling Open RAN 2G and 3G connectivity in remote areas that were previously more than 30 kilometers away from the nearest operational network tower.
iSAT partnered with Camusat for passive equipment, which involved the construction of concrete-less sites to reduce construction costs and facilitate site relocation. Additionally, iSAT has installed two innovative smart poles in the center of each town, featuring solar-powered streetlights, USB charging ports, and WiFi connectivity to benefit local businesses.
Connectivity For All
Smart Poles equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots serve as digital lifelines, providing internet access to previously disconnected rural communities. This connectivity fosters social change by facilitating access to education, healthcare information, and online services.
With Smart Poles, rural schools gain access to digital resources and e-learning platforms. This enables students to engage in online education, access educational content, and collaborate with students from across the globe, leveling the playing field and enhancing learning opportunities.