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A limiting factor for all of the rural African broadcasting sector is fuel costs for generators because the electrical grid in most countries remains in poor condition. Radio and word of mouth are the most important means for obtaining information in much of Africa, but radio stations mainly consist of popular music-based commercial stations with a limited broadcast range or government radio. Illiteracy rates are high, sometimes reaching 75% among women in some regions, creating a strong demand for public service radio programming relevant to women’s lives in their language.

Bluetooth and Solar Rechargers are 
“Game Changers”

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By combining digital and cellphone technologies with solar energy, traditional radio infrastructure costs can be leapfrogged, and public service radio services can be significantly expanded and improved. The most innovative aspect is our use of Bluetooth technology which allows the transfer of crystal clear audio files between cell phones. We are at the forefront of using Bluetooth in conjunction with solar rechargers. In our concept, radio production and broadcasting can take place in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way throughout Africa. The production and transmission of programs is no longer dependent on access to an electrical grid, generator, or the Internet.


Listeners using our MMW networks find that our programming sounds like radio, but the production is entirely digital and transmission is through cell phones. The result is a public service information network which gives women and girls a venue to listen, learn, and engage among themselves. Above all, the network provides a much-needed link to the digital information age.

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