While ICT is unquestionably a key driver of development - take for example the unprecedented success of the mobile phone around the World - modern ICT is totally dependent on energy. No energy, and there can be no ICT. To ensure all communities in developing nations enjoy the substantial benefits of ICT energy supply has to be an integral element of any ICT solution.
Particularly for rural areas the right combination of renewable energy sources has to be developed and tailored to the needs of the people and the region.
Connect Africa is testing a a trial of satellite linked pay-phones (a Public Calling Office - PCO) in deep rural Zambia. This may offer access to various ICT services and at the same time additional sources of income.
Special Projects Director - CONNECT AFRICA