Project Kgolango Partnership

Project Kgolagano will bring internet connectivity to hospitals and clinics, facilitating a remote diagnosis network and supporting local healthcare service delivery.

TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project

The Botswana Innovation Hub, in collaboration with Microsoft, the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), Global Broadband Solutions, Vista Life Sciences, BoFiNet, Adaptrum and USAID-NetHope, has launched a new TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project. The project, known as Project Kgolagano, will provide internet connectivity and telemedicine services to local hospitals and clinics, which will enable access to specialised medicine in Gaborone and other locations around the world.

TV white spaces is a technology that enables the delivery of broadband using dynamic spectrum access. Unused spectrum on the frequency range – commonly used to deliver television channels – is used and known as TV white space or TVWS. Microsoft through its 4Afrika initiative has launched similar pilots across Africa including Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Ghana. Project Kgolagano, which means ‘to be connected or networked’, will have a specific focus on providing access to specialised maternal medicine, which will improve the livelihoods of women located in small towns and rural areas. Telemedicine experts and doctors providing medical expertise for referred patients are being provided by BUP.

The Project will be officially unveiled on March 2015, at Tsopeng clinic in Lobatse. It will initially run in three Phase One locations: Lobatse, Francistown and Maun, with additional locations being added in the coming months. The hospitals to be connected are: Athlone Hospital in Lobatse, Nyangabwe Hospital in Francistown, and Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital in Maun. In addition, Tsopeng Clinic in Lobatse, Donga Clinic in Francistown and Moeti Clinic, Boseja Clinic, Maun Clinic, Sedie Clinic ad Maun General Clinic will also be connected.

Partners

  • Microsoft Corporation

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Microsoft provides support to communities in three ways: technology skills training, strengthening nongovernmental organizations through technology, and engaging our employees in their...

  • Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP)

    Institute
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Botswana-UPenn Partnership is a collaboration between the Government of Botswana, the University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania(USA) which aims at building medical capacity in...

  • Global Broadband Solutions (GBS)

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Global Broadband Solution (GBS) is integrated in a group of entities specialized in I.T. based in Africa, in North America and in Europe. They operate mainly in sub-Saharan Africa from their...

  • Vista Life Sciences

    Development Consulting, Foundation, Service Providers
    Staff size: Unknown

    Vista LifeSciences provides innovative healthcare technology solutions for global healthcare challenges. Their products include longitudinal health assessments and records that are vital to...

  • Botswana Fibre Networks Ltd. (BoFiNet)

    Service Providers
    Botswana | Staff size: Unknown

    Botswana Fibre Networks Ltd (BoFiNet) is a wholesale provider of national and international telecommunication infrastructure. BoFiNet’s mandate is to provide and operate a world class...

  • Adaptrum

    Goods Supplier
    Staff size: Unknown

    Adaptrum is a Silicon Valley based company developing wireless technologies to enable new, unlicensed and licensed, multi-use network infrastructure/services to meet the growing wireless...

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Key Information

LocationBotswana, Southern Africa
StatusAnnounced
  • Start Date 2015
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