Microsoft Corporation is a multinational technology company based in the United States, which develops, licenses, and supports a range of products in computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. In collaboration, BLUETOWN and Microsoft’s Airband Initiative provide broadband internet access to 2,000,000 un- and under-served people across Ghana, connecting local public institutions, schools, homes, businesses as well as public areas. The partnership with Microsoft also includes multiple technical collaborations for expanding global internet access, as well as impact focused work, enabling digital inclusion, beyond internet access, through digital services and other means for breaking down barriers for Internet adoption.
Project Taara’s mission is to bring affordable and abundant high-speed internet to the unconnected using wireless optical communication (WOC) technology. In the same way traditional fiber uses light to carry data through cables in the ground, Taara’s WOC links use light to transmit information at speeds as high as 20 Gbps wirelessly. BLUETOWN is working with Taara to connect governments and rural parts of India to this cutting-edge technology. Taara is a project at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory.
BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) is an Indian government-owned national teleoperator. BLUETOWN and BSNL together provides Internet connectivity for rural India under the “Digital India“ program. Target is 15.000+ rural villages in East India deploying more than 50.000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
PlanBørnefonden is one of Denmark’s largest development organizations funded by private sponsorships and partnerships. PlanBørnefonden is part of Plan International, one of the world’s largest organizations working with children’s rights and present in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. PlanBørnefonden works with children’s development and needs, starting from childbirth and until the young people have achieved an education. BLUETOWN and PlanBørnefonden are partnering on a large-scale internet connectivity project in Burkina Faso.
CARE Danmark, part of the large NGO CARE International, works to strengthen the capacities of poor people living in rural areas. As part of our Danida Market Development Partnership, BLUETOWN and CARE are creating new sustainable business models that combine BLUETOWN’s last-mile connectivity solutions with CARE’s local presence and development activities within agriculture and climate adaptation for small-holder farmers in Ghana.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. Bluetown is working with USAID through a collaboration with Microsoft under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative and is currently implementing a project in rural and semi-urban Ghana focusing on bringing internet access to more women around the world, and expanding women’s economic opportunities.
GoIP Global Services Pvt. Ltd. is an India based leading IT Solutions and Services Company with presence in South East Asia and North America. GoIP and BLUETOWN is in a partnership working on the “Digital India” program and creating connectivity in rural India, based on a contract and Partnership agreement with BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited).
Digital for Inclusion (D4I)
The D4I initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership aimed at providing affordable internet access in underserved or unserved rural communities nation-wide in Ghana. BLUETOWN is the last-mile connectivity partner in the D4I partnership group. The other partners are: Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), Ghana Cocoa Board, National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), and Zeepay.
SES is one of the world’s largest satellite operators and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide. SES has integrated BLUETOWN’s solutions into its product portfolio, and BLUETOWN uses the satellites of SES for backhaul for our systems in the most remote areas.
Project Connect is an NGO working to map every school in the world and provide real-time data assessing the quality of each school’s Internet connectivity. BLUETOWN and Project Connect partner on sharing school connectivity data as well as conducting impact studies when connecting schools.
University of California
University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) seeks to improve California’s future by providing leadership through research and education on sustainable food systems, environments, and communities in California. UC ANR is using BLUETOWN on an Ag-Tech and IoT-based project to investigate how farming can benefit from digitalization.
International Insurance Development Agency (IIDA)
International Insurance Development Agency (IIDA) is a specialist company dedicated to facilitating protection to for some of those communities who need it the most by innovating and disrupting the micro-insurance market. IIDA is using BLUETOWN last mile Wi-Fi and Local Cloud as a sales- and communication channel for micro-insurance as a developmental enabler for local communities, thus enhancing the common vision of IIDA and BLUETOWN of creating sound and sustainable business by providing real and long-term benefits and developmental potential to those who need it the most.
Geeks without frontiers
The vision of Geeks without frontiers is to positively impact the lives of a billion people in the next ten years through the innovative use of technology, connectivity and sustainable social enterprise models. BLUETOWN and Geeks without frontiers partner on the VillageConnect initiative to connect 20 villages in each of 5 targeted countries.
Gapi is a local development finance institution in Mozambique. Together, BLUETOWN and Gapi was selected as one of the winners for USAID’s WomenConnect Challenge for our project ‘Women in the Network (WIN)’ that contributes to bridging the gender digital divide for women in rural Mozambique.
Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose Ka-band satellite services.
Danida (the Danish International Development Agency) is the name of Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Through the Danida Market Development Partnerships program, Danida supports BLUETOWN’s project with the NGO CARE in Ghana. Danida also supported BLUETOWN in deploying 20 sites in Tanzanian villages in 2017.