Bluetown is a connectivity solution for rural and remote areas.
Bluetown is a connectivity solution for rural and remote areas. It is a hybrid solution containing last-mile Wi-Fi network, local cloud and satellite communication in a single unified product. The core of the solution is a solar-powered base station with satellite transmission that establishes a Wi-Fi hotspot large enough to cover a village.
India, Tanzania, Ghana
BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited), GoIP Global Services, MarcaTel, Danida (the Danish International Development Agency), Geeks Without Frontiers, PlanBørnefonden, IIDA (International Insurance Development Agency), Digital for Inclusion, Yahsat
Exact price unknown, users are charged for volume of data used in mB
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Populations without connectivity or unaffordable Internet access
Bluetown installs masts about 6 to 24 m high with satellite dishes attached. The masts are powered by solar cells. Bluetown provides connectivity in a radius of about 200 m.
The local cloud provides access to local digital content and services at no data cost to the end-users.
Through various partners
In 2017, Bluetown had 30 masts installed in India with between 50 and 2,000 users per mast.
Type of telecommunication service provided (Mobile Internet, Fixed Internet, Satellite service, other)
Service needed for the product to work (Mobile data, SMS, voice, satellite, other)
Is a fixed connection needed for the product to work?
(Smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, other (specify), none)
Max number of connected devices at the same time.
(Uninterrupted prower supply (UPS), ocassional power supply [minimum time required], other)
Average jitter and packet loss to download/upload information
Network connectivity, education, behavior change, other
Bluetown base stations are designed to operate in harsh conditions and require minimal maintenance.
Bluetown solution consists of 6-24 m towers and base systems with satellite dishes. The towers connect to existing telco infrastructure via either microwave link, optical fiber cables, or satellite. The solution is 100 % solar-powered. During nighttime, rechargeable batteries secure online access.
The solution partly consists of simple standard components.
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Bluetown wants to provide online access to the almost 4 billion people living without Internet in developing countries.
In 2018, Bluetown deployed a total of 742 sites in Jharkhand, India, in collaboration with the publicly owned Indian mobile network operator BSNL and the Government of Jharkhand. Every day, end-users receive 30 minutes of free internet access for exploring the web.
Indian mobile network operator BSNL and the Government of Jharkhand
Link to the existing infrastructure, either using fiber, microwave, or satellite link
Bluetown needs permission to operate from the local authorities
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