Connecting the unconnected

An Israeli company enables Africans to utilize Internet connections including email and chat on their old-fashioned cell phones.

December 14, 2014 16:36
Arnon Yaar Uganda

VascoDe’s Arnon Yaar works with young entrepreneurs to develop business ideas for cell phone technology at a workshop in Kampala, Uganda.. (photo credit: COURTESY VASCODE)


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SMARTPHONES HAVE become so commonplace, that when one hears about an Israeli invention based on old-fashioned cell phones, it’s hard to get excited.

But after Dorron Mottes spends a few minutes describing his company’s technology and its partnership with Microsoft in Africa, it’s clear that the Ramat Gan-based start-up has discovered a market with huge business potential. It’s also a market that is being developed in collaboration with African partners and, in doing so, stimulating a new generation of African entrepreneurs to get involved in the world of high-tech.


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