Nokia announced that its partner Liquid Intelligent Technologies will provide Nokia fiber technologies to PayGoZo to provide economical, uncapped and ultra-fast internet as part of the Kayamandi Township Fiber Project. The initial proof of concept phase, launched in September 2022, will see more than 15,000 people connected in Kayamandi Township in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape Province in South Africa.
The partnership includes Nokia as a technology provider, Liquid Intelligent Technologies as a Nokia partner, and PayGoZo as a new innovative internet service provider in Stellenbosch. The team worked closely to use the conventional Nokia Fibre-to-the-X (FTTX) solution in an ingenious way to provide a highly scalable solution for The Kayamandi Fiber Project. Users are offered unlimited data, but on a time-based and pay-as-you-go pricing scheme, which is both more cost-effective and user-friendly than mobile data solutions.
Nokia provides both fiber optic access points for fiber optic exchange and fiber optic modems to connect a WiFi network throughout the community. Integration services in the PayGoZo network are supported by Nokia’s Access Management System. Nokia’s ISAM FX optical line terminals (fiber access nodes) were selected for their ability to deliver high bandwidth services to a large number of users and their easy upgrade capacity in line with growing demand.
The digitization of business services, education, healthcare and entertainment continues to accelerate globally. However, more than three billion people still lack Internet access, putting them at a massive disadvantage. The high cost of mobile data hinders equitable access to the Internet for all segments of society. The Kayamandi Fiber Project aims to address this by using a way to provide internet at economical rates.
Deon Geyser, CEO of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, South Africa, says: “Over the past two decades, Liquid has worked tirelessly to ensure that every person in Africa has access to high-speed connectivity. Partner with Nokia to support PayGoZo for Kayamandi -Bringing the project to life is a reiteration of our commitment. This is one of our first projects to use innovative technology to bring access to fiber connectivity to the masses. We look forward to partnering with Nokia for success in other remote locations to replicate in South Africa and the wider continent.
Rich Henn, CEO of PayGoZo, says: “We are committed to providing high-quality yet optimally priced internet to connect those who cannot afford expensive mobile network-based internet. Collaboration with Nokia and Liquid Intelligent Technologies has enabled us helped strengthen our approach, and we look forward to rolling out the project beyond the initial pilot phase so that more people in Kayamandi can benefit from low-cost internet.
Naveed Kashif, Head of South Africa Market at Nokia, says, “Fiber is by far the best connectivity solution for South African communities, providing affordable and uncapped internet essential for home workers and students. We are proud to partner with Liquid and PayGoZo on this important project, which will innovative approach adopted to provide affordable internet without compromising on quality.