A South African company, Project Isizwe, is making it possible for low-income communities to connect to internet hotspots for educational purposes, economic development and social inclusion.
Cambium Networks, a provider of wireless networking solutions, has announced that Duduzile Mkhwanazi from Project Isizwe is the 2018 Connectivity Hero of the Year. Under Duduzile’s leadership, Project Isizwe pioneered connecting two mining communities to free Wi-Fi in partnership with Glencore Mine in Mpumalanga.
Launched in 2017, the award recognises individuals who have made a difference in the lives of people and improve communities through their efforts to extend wireless connectivity and connect the unconnected.
“In many unconnected areas of the world, people endure and persist, often traveling great distances, to perform tasks that require connectivity,” said Ritesh Patel, Wireless LAN Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.
“Wireless networks will continue to play an integral part of getting people connected. It is truly inspiring to see these Connectivity Heroes contributing to the global community by investing their personal time and assets to immediately and forever bridge the digital divide and change lives.”
“Connecting young people improves education and has a lasting change that improves young peoples’ lives forever,” said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Cambium Networks.
“Wireless connectivity can leap far into rural areas and immediately connect students to the rest of the world, literally bridging the digital divide. We are impressed and encouraged by visionaries who see this opportunity for change and give of their own time and efforts to improve lives.”
The Connectivity Hero Awards are presented to up to four visionary people each calendar quarter, and there is one annual award. Quarterly honorees receive a $1,000 donation to a charity of their choosing. The annual winner receives a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choosing.
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