Nokia introduces portable solar charger in Kenya and Nigeria11 Oct, 2012
Nokia is clearly trying to get a very firm grip on the emerging markets – not only with the cheaper Asha line of phones, but also with the portable solar charger that they just rolled out in Africa, according to HumanIPO:
“There are numerous advantages to this solution, including being able to service consumers outside of regular electricity supply, or those who need a quick charge on the go,” said Nokia West Africa Vice President James Rutherford.
Africa is very dependent on mobile, not just for communications but also for business and payment transactions. But grids and landlines are scarce, hence the need for portable chargers.
When Daniela Schiffer from Changers.com was at Idealabs recently, I asked her whether Changers would be rolling out in Africa or Asia anytime soon. Changers.com is a Berlin startup trying to lower our energy footprint by offering a gamified portable solar charger and reserve battery pack. Daniela explained to me that are very interested in rolling out in Africa, but for Changers, it’s too early still. Anyway, demand in Africa and Asia should be high enough that a few months or years won’t make a difference.
Photo: I think you’ll agree that this is a pretty spectacular solar payphone/boat on Lake Victoria (I’ve searched for proof that this is a fake, but couldn’t find it. I’m still on the fence about this one. If anyone has ever seen this in real life, let us know!) http://www.flickr.com/photos/abaporu/532632943/sizes/z/
Do you know any European companies working on innovative products and services in Africa?
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