Under a pilot program, Winch Energy and iWayAfrica will deploy a remote solar kiosk. The Winch Hub (WH®), with integrated VSAT equipment will provide high-quality and affordable broadband connectivity in Uganda. The product will be made available to five communities in Bunjako Island, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria.
The WH® is a bespoke containerised off-grid solution designed and manufactured by Winch, to provide energy and communication services to residential, public and business customers located in rural environments.
This pilot is the proof of concept for a larger project of more than 250 hubs and remote power units to be installed in rural villages providing electricity, wi-fi, water pumping and cold storage services to households, schools, health centres and businesses across the country. This effort will be key in helping to accelerate the Ugandan government’s broadband strategy, particularly its goal of achieving minimum broadband speeds of 3Mbps and coverage of 100% of Uganda’s rural areas by 2020