University of the Western Cape
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Overview of innovation

Connecting Communities

Zenzeleni is a solar-powered, community-owned Wifi telecommunications network solution providing affordable communications to remote rural areas. Through the use of wireless mesh networking, users are able to make free internal voice over IP calls, while the cost of breakout mobile calls and data is greatly reduced. The network consists of scattered nodes powered through easy-to-install, modular solar systems. Communities can charge mobile devices and provide lighting from these nodes.

Type of Intellectual Property protection
Trademark
Innovation Opportunity Type
Investment
Partnership
Pilot
Industry
​Information and communication
Networks
Mobile
IoT
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 8 – Ready for market
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