Mankosi, South Africa
This micro telco was initiated with the support of the University of the Western Cape which has provided the initial funding to acquire the hardware and the training for its installation. It is now operated and maintained by Zenzeleni Networks LTD, a local co-operative.
Michael Adeyeye has been a member of the Village Telco community since its earliest days. Working through his own company, Asmicom, Michael partnered with colleagues in Ibadan to set up the Ibadan Wireless User Group.
Jorge Gomez is building a Village Telco in the hills around Fusagasugá where phone and Internet coverage is not available.
Orocovis, Puerto Rico
Jose Soto is the President of CoquiTel, a small WISP whose goal to provide equal access to Internet and phone service to underserved areas of Puerto Rico.
Kranshoek, South Africa
Wayne Abroue has lived in Kranshoek, 15km outside of Plettenberg bay in South Africa for the last 20 yrs. Kranshoek is a Griqua community. Through the wireless mesh project, Wayne’s goal is to transfer my many technical years of experience to the young generation.
Bo-kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
One of the first pilot sites for Village Telco was the community of Bo-kaap in Cape Town. We chose Bo-kaap partly because of proximity but more importantly because the Bo-kaap community is well known for the strength of the community ties that bind it together. Village Telcos are most likely to thrive where people have already have strong reasons to communicate with each other locally.
Dili, East Timor
Thanks to an inspired collaboration between the Timorese NGO Fongtil and Mesh Potato designer, David Rowe, Dili became the first and most enduring Village Telcos. Fongtil recently accepted an award for their Village Telco and have recently received further funding to support their work.
Piracanga, Bahia, Brazil
When Mike Jensen moved to an EcoVillage on the north-eastern coast of Brazil, he brought Village Telco with him. He has since expanded access into the local town through a WiFi hotspot and cybercafe.