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Pivotel, Internet for Humanity partner for Uganda

Pivotel, Internet for Humanity partner for Uganda

Australian satellite telecom provider Pivotel, through its subsidiary Global Marine Networks (GMN), has signed a partnership agreement with NGO Internet for Humanity, to deliver internet access and communication devices to remote regions of Uganda.

Through GMN, Pivotel will provide Redport Optimiser Premier units and ongoing services to help Internet for Humanity achieve its goal of establishing 18 new IT centres focused on healthcare, education and agriculture in the East African country.

The hotspots compress data for everyday internet applications. Compression technology will be deployed to reduce data, such as images and banners, by up to 80%, resulting to significant savings for end users.

Pivotel executive director Robert Sakker said: "We are committing over $13,000 of hardware and more again in ongoing services in the first phase of our partnership, which continues a 10-year relationship already valued at over $130,000, thanks to our newly acquired satellite data business, Global Marine Networks.

"The Internet for Humanity partnership is GMN's longest running corporate social responsibility partner, and we are proud to continue the legacy that has already helped tens of thousands of students, families, teachers, doctors, nurses and farmers to improve their knowledge and their livelihood in Uganda."

Beyond the technical support provided to Internet for Humanity, Sakker added that Pivotel is also looking to expand its impact in Uganda, by providing satellite data connectivity where there is no internet access.

Robert Tabula, a full-time Internet for Humanity Uganda representative said Western countries take high-speed internet for granted.

"When we set up a computer in a new school or community health clinic, we have many people who think it's a television. It takes a lot of time to teach people how to use email and the internet, but when they grasp the concept, they flourish," Tabula said.

"Until now, teachers have been using their own textbooks from five or ten years ago and teaching that outdated information to the students. Now, we are seeing teachers and students using the internet to get up to the minute information and email other schools sharing knowledge and creating a community."

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