Pocket FM

Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)

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Product description Brand name and product description

Pocket FM is a flexible FM broadcasting solution for easy deployment, installation, and setup. It was developed to be adaptable to scenarios with complex characteristics like refugee camps, areas with civil wars, and disaster zones. It serves as an interface between internet and radio by receiving cloud-based radio programs via a satellite connection and then re-transmitting them using FM waves.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Global.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Pocket FM is developed by MiCT and IXDS as a development platform for the production of modular FM transmitters. Pocket FM was first deployed in Syria in September 2013. Since then MiCT has also started a project in Sierra Leone and smaller initiatives in Yemen and Tanzania.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The Pocket FM costs 2,700 Euro per unit. Taxes and transportation not included are not included in price.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Competitors include conventional radio broadcasting networks providers. Outernet is a related satellite information service offering. Rootio Radio Station is another similar competitor

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal #9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, by developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure (…) to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all” and Goal #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

The target users are trained individuals (i.e. radio professionals) and organizations interested in information dissemination in situations and regions where communication is difficult including refugee camps, areas experiencing civil wars, and disaster zones.

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