Introducing “kasana”: the solar-based mobile phone to rural Uganda!

19 09 2009

Uganda Telecom Limited; one of the leading telecommunication and internet service providers in Uganda has

"kasana": The Solar powered phone on market in Uganda

"kasana": The Solar powered phone on market in Uganda. Uganda Telecom is the distributor.

introduced the new Solar-powered mobile phone. This Coral-200-Solar cell phone is manufactured by ZTE.

Uganda Telecom has officially nicknamed it “Kasana” (luganda word meaning sun) as it’s promotional/ brand name. The integrated solar charger charges the internal battery thus enabling this phone to power up with the use of solar energy.

This phone is anticipated to reduce on the digital divide gap in Uganda. The issue of limited/ lack of electricity lines and power irregularities in many rural areas of Uganda is one of the major reasons as to why many people can’t afford mobile phones today. Electricity bills remain very high for people to afford.

There is still need for many more such technologies (affordable and cheap to maintain) in Uganda to connect the remote communities and rural poor.

This phone not only lowers electricity consumption in poverty stricken countries like Uganda but also environment friendly.

Thank you Uganda Telecom for your continued efforts to connect my Uganda to the world!

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9 responses

30 09 2009
shylove

THANKS! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contests. Keep up the good work.

13 03 2010
abdul shakoor kasana

hello can i know about kasana mobile what is that and……………………..

13 03 2010
jssozi

Abdul, Kasana is a local word which means “sun”. Kasana Mobile/ phone is a type of cellphone which works with solar. In other wards it charges just like solar panels.
Is Kasana your name? Please let me know if this helps to answer your question. The photos showing how the phone looks are provided in the article above.
🙂

16 03 2010
ABDUL SHAKOOR KASANA

YES KASANA IS MY FAMILY NAME I AM FROM PAKISTAN MY CAMPANY NAME IS KASANA TELECOM

16 03 2010
ABDUL SHAKOOR KASANA

SORRY MY COMPANY NAME KASANA TELECOM UFONE FRANCHIES

31 10 2010
Fluorescent Lamp :

to date, solar panels which generate more than 100Watts are still expensive but hopefully they are getting cheaper each day ~

18 11 2010
Fishing Umbrella

mobile phones that have built in cameras are my favorite because they can capture those special moments and events “-~

18 11 2010
Pine Desk

i could only wish that solar panels cost only several hundred dollars, i would love to fill my roof with solar panels *~”

21 02 2013
Raguel Rafi

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