OneClick Internet

OneClick Internet : Low cost low effort broadband

Johannesburg, South AfricaJohannesburg, South Africa
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1 million - $5 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

90% of South African households lack internet access. We would like to get some of them connected using WiFi with front window/door access.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could connect the last billion people to the internet simply by lowering the barrier to entry.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lack of internet connectivity in low income communities across South Africa.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We would like to provide low cost broadband using WiFi, the goal is to use a combination of community assets and mount additional poles where necessary in order to deliver front window/door penetration for homes. This will enable us to deliver connectivity without additional CPE devices, lowering the barrier to entry for communities to the internet.

Awards

None
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Users of the network will be able to access the internet from within the home without additional devices for connectivity. Greater simplification of the solution means people can begin to engage and become creators and not just consumers of internet services. This in turn opens up a market for localized innovation and learning on many levels. Additionally we'll also be providing a means for empowerment for local vendors who'll be selling data vouchers.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We're very much in the planning phase so impact has been very minimal, projected future impact will vary from region to region in which we'll be operating in however thus far, all research indicates that there is a direct correlation between access to the internet for a community an GDP. We want to make this a reality for people by uplifting whole communities.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Create prototype network - We've outlined an area for the prototype and we're busy planning with vendors on best way forward Determine do's and dont's - Prototype will assist in evaluating and determining best methodology for further rollout Rapid expansion - Use prototype as template for rollout
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our primary goal at this stage is to begin rollout. Thereafter minimising costs, standardization and scaling up the network reach. The bigger the network reach, the more revenue per user we'll have.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

City of Joburg municipal WiFi - Limited to government buildings and certain areas only.(Free limited use) Project Isizwe - Limited to certain locations only(Free limited use) Our service will differ in that although we'll have a free tier, we will bill for additional bandwidth usage. We also differ in that we're looking at providing front window/door connectivity for homes not specific locations which in most cases people have to travel to in order to use the "free" connectivity.
Team

Founding Story

I found myself struggling to get internet connectivity. Solutions were out of my income range. After some research I realised that I was not alone in wanting a service that would allow me to get connectivity without the massive expenses however with no copper or fibre installed in my neighbourhood, the best I could get was expensive mobile connectivity. This is a real problem for a majority of South Africans who live in areas where whats a basic service for others is missing completely. I would like to change that. The internet is meant to be had in abundance.

Team

Buyongo Phiri - Ceo and Co-founder Oatile Matshaba - Technical Director Mpho Lebati - Ops and finance Kapanda Phiri - Ops and community engagement Rob Wahl - Design and branding Nhlanhla Hlugwani - Software development Roger Hislop - Emerging Technologies and Innovation at Internet Solutions(Advisor) Victor Nalumango- Lead Technology Partner BA12 at Barclays Africa CIB (Advisor)
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Twitter

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Co-founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

2013 - Developed a knowledge management system for internal staff development while at Afrihost, lessons from earlier were applied, new lessons learnt in project management and change management.
2011 - Freelanced as web developer- Took lessons from online magazine, moved back to Johannesburg, had to make a living, used my knowhow of Drupal and Linux to build websites for small businesses.
2009 - Started a online magazine that failed - Learnt a lot about open source software, moved to a new city(Cape town), wasn't prepared enough, barely had any resources.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Internet Solutions is partnering with us to bring the service to life.

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