Extending Telecom Services To South Africa's Poor
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Overview: When Vodacom was granted its cellular telecommunications license in the early 1990s, one of the conditions was that the company had to deploy 22,000 subsidized public cellular telephones in under-serviced and rural areas which had limited or no access to fixed-line services. Originally, Vodacom adopted two methods to meet its obligation. The first was to issue phones to faculty and administrators at universities and technical colleges in disadvantaged areas. The second was to set up stationary phone shops or kiosks with multiple lines, all connected to Vodacomís existing infrastructure through a wireless link.