Bringing Mobile Connectivity to 150 Communities through EKOCENTER
Mobile is the largest technology platform in history and we have witnessed how access to the internet has improved peoples’ lives. In an effort to connect individuals in developing countries around the world, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Coca-Cola, DEKA R&D and other industry leaders today announced we are working together to bring EKOCENTER—a kiosk designed to improve the well-being of communities—to 20 countries around the world by the end of 2015. Each EKOCENTER will offer a locally tailored mix of products, services and resources, including safe drinking water, electricity, wireless communication, refrigerated vaccination storage, health education, and other functionality to jump-start entrepreneurship opportunities and community development. Qualcomm Technologies will provide guidance to Coca Cola on the inclusion of wireless communications technologies, such as mobile devices and wireless Internet connectivity, for EKOCENTER. Connectivity is an essential part of the EKOCENTER project and having a wireless connection will link these individuals and communities to opportunities that were previously unimaginable in areas such as education, commerce, healthcare and others. Connectivity is a fundamental tool for change and has been directly contributing to GDP and job growth. We are proud to be working with Coca-Cola and the other companies on the EKOCENTER project to bridge the digital divide and empower these communities.