Solar Tablet's with Outernet for Rural India


#1

Hi,

I have been working with rural educators in India using digital tablets powered by solar panels. Rural villages in India donot have regular electricity and internet.
I am planning to use Outernet receivers with solar power and create localised content to be downloaded at these locations.
Mobile phone penetration is about 70% in these locations and will use SMS technology for a 2 way communication.
In process to get funds for 100 such locations, ideas and suggestions welcomed.


#2

Do you think it will be easier to use the L-band signal, which does not require a technician to install a dish? The antenna and receiver cost for the portable system will also be less than Ku, which requires a dish. However, the cost of delivering content is much, much more for L-band.


#3

Hi Syed,

When you say cost of delivering content will be high with L-Band, can you elaborate more?

Sam


#4

Our model is free to receive, but pay to send. So if you are interested in your own content being broadcast over Outernet, then we do charge a fee for that. Ku-bandwidth is much less expensive than L-band, so the cost per MB changes accordingly.