Village Phone Repl...

Village Phone Replication Manual

Creating sustainable access to affordable telecommunications for the rural poor
This document is a guideline for replicating the Village Phone program in a new country. It draws on Grameen's experience in both Bangladesh and Uganda and establishes a template for creating sustainable initiatives that simultaneously bring telecommunications to the rural poor, create viable new businesses for micro-entrepreneurs, and expand the customer base of telecommunications companies.

No two implementations of the Village Phone program will be exactly alike. Each country will have unique variables, participants, and environments. However, it is expected that there will be common structures, applications, and processes – all of which are described in detail herein.

By leapfrogging fixed infrastructure and leveraging existing wireless infrastructure, Village Phones offer a viable strategy for increasing teledensity in developing countries and helping the poor lift themselves out of poverty.

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