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Village Phone Replication Manual

Creating Sustainable Access to Affordable Telecommunications for the Rural Poor

  • Author: UN, DESA
  • Publication date: September 2005
  • Page count: 196
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 05.II.A.10

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ISBN: 9789211556032

About the product

Why is it such a challenge to provide telecommunications to rural areas? High initial infrastructure investment, relative low call volumes, high maintenance costs due to harsh environments, cash box collection needs, cash security costs (for coin operated phones), card availability (for prepaid airtime systems), technical illiteracy, remote locations, and high transportation costs are just some of the impediments to providing rural telecommunications access. Village Phone addresses these issues. It provides a profitable new market niche for telecommunications companies, new and profitable micro-enterprises for rural poor Village Phone Operators, and affordable and accessible access for communities.