The official opening of the SV4D in Cabo Verde took place today (11 of January 2019), in Cidade Velha. Hundreds of people are now connected to the internet, using a communication system developed by Fraunhofer AICOS that brings connectivity to people and things.
Building up on the successful implementation in Mozambique, a team of Fraunhofer AICOS’ researchers, Waldir Júnior, André Pereira, Carlos Resende and Pedro Madureira, travelled to Cabo Verde to deploy the second pilot of SV4D – Sustainable Villages for Development, which will directly benefit the citizens in the municipality of Ribeira Grande de Santiago. The project allows for hundred of people to be connected to the internet, improving their lives, narrowing the digital divide and fostering the creation of infrastructures and broadband networks through the country.
Present at the opening ceremony were several local entities, from sectors such as, government, telco regulators, telco operators, education, business, culture and media, evidencing that the work developed by AICOS can effectively cause a direct impact in people’s lives.
The deployment roadmap also included a workshop, where SV4D was presented in detail to local authorities and the community. An opportunity to highlight the objectives of the project, discuss on the types of services that can benefit from it, and specially, how the system enables the local community to be connected to the internet and how this impacts the economy and quality of life of citizens.
With this second deployment of the SV4D, AICOS continues the path of connecting the unconnected. By using low-cost network equipment and available communications AICOS creates affordable infrastructures and reliable broadband networks that brings connectivity to people and things. SV4D is, therefore, the perfect example of our competencies and impact in this area.
This deployment counted with the valuable contribution of our partners: CMRGS – Câmara Municipal de Ribeira Grande de Santiago; ARME – Agência Reguladora Multisectorial da Economia; ARCTEL-CPLP – Associação de Reguladores de Comunicações e Telecomunicações da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa; NOSi – Núcleo Operacional da Sociedade de Informação and Unitel T+ – Operadora de Telecomunicações.