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WanderPort Africa's Mission

To become the crucial bridge between the urban, broadband connected populations and those currently unable to participate on that world stage.

In providing data communications to those for whom such connectivity is currently out of reach, we believe that we will be taking an enormous step toward leveling the competitive playing field in the developing world. Granting robust and equal access to commercial and educational services taken for granted in the first world, can only enrich both sides of the current broadband divide.

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Swaziland

Swaziland

We have embarked on a trial of our advanced network technology in Swaziland; successfully connecting schools back to our network core. We are planning to cover all the Primary and High Schools in the Country by the end of 2018, thus creating the world's first, production country-wide network based on disruptive technologies making rural penetration possible at an affordable cost, and spearheading our initiatives for other rural and developing markets in Africa, and beyond.

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Rwanda

Rwanda

Working hand-in-hand with our partners and friends, The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, WanderPort is setting out to deploy reliable and robust broadband communications to the village over a TV White Space link to ensure reliable and robust broadband services for the benefit of education, as well as commerce for the Village. We hope this endeavor will serve as a model for other remote regions of Rwanda, which is already one of the more forward-thinking, ICT driven countries in Africa. More details will be posted in our Case Study section soon.

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Who is WanderPort?

WanderPort Africa was founded by experts in internetworking technology (signal processing, wireless communications, etc.) and public network deployment and management. We are a provider of communications and systems integration services, boasting principals who possess years of experience across the sector, designing and deploying robust, cutting edge, public and private, commercial, educational and consumer communication networks.

Meet the Team

 

Chris V. Kossifos

CEO / Co-Founder
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Philip W. Kirsh

Co-Founder
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George Falcomer

Swaziland Project Lead
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Carol Préat

Swaziland Director
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Mark G. Samson

Board Advisor
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What is WanderPort?

WanderPort Africa, an enterprise network provider sharing a principal with WanderPort Networks Inc., provides full-scale, enterprise-grade LAN and Wireless LAN, covering the entire campus sites. The source of the connection is our primary network base station and through it we can provide bandwidth capable of multiple simultaneous video conversations over their respective wireless and LAN networks. Through the use of TVWS network technology, independent of traditional infrastructure, the reach of our network is virtually unlimited.

  • Exceptional Wide Area Network design based on industry best practices.
  • Fast and orderly network deployment, monitoring and repair.
  • Unparalleled network penetration– reaching deep into rural areas previously thought to be impossible or extremely cost-prohibitive to supply.
  • Complete end-to-end network and user account management.
  • Bandwidth management and optimization.
  • Unified network ecosystem across all connected nodes.
  • Extensive reporting capability, network filtering and security, and application content optimization.
  • Low deployment cost and exceptionally fast time to market.
  • Extremely low human resource needs.

Why WanderPort?

Like clean water or electricity, it is our deeply held conviction that reliable broadband communications, enabling access to our shared cultural and technological conversation, are not a privilege, but have become a necessity.

This technology has been received with tremendous enthusiasm by the students and teachers alike. It is our hope that we may galvanize the ministry of education into contemplating a change of curriculum, to include content that would previously have been out of reach of the local schools. Access to sophisticated resources can be, we believe, a catalyst for positive change in educational curriculum and providing such access is our core mission.

When?

In May of 2013, WanderPort Africa’s first country to receive its technology was the Kingdom of Swaziland, beginning with its most important asset - schools.

Where?

WanderPort Africa, is a group formed with the singular vision of designing, deploying and maintaining, reliable, low-cost and highly scalable communication networks, with a core focus of delivering educational content to under-developed regions in Africa and beyond.

Who We Work With

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

At ASYV, education and service are used to model and create socially responsible citizens in Rwanda and around the world.
asyv.org

Computer Education Trust

The Computer Education Trust (CET) in Swaziland is an initiative that provides second-hand computer equipment and computer training for classroom use in secondary schools in Swaziland.

CK Technology Group, LLC

A high technology firm specializing in all aspects of infrastructure and communications technologies, electronic security and automation for multiple high-profile clientele in the United States and Europe.
www.cktechnology.com

Swazi Bridge Project

Digital inclusion is more than connectivity. Connectivity is critical because it is a requirement for access but true inclusion requires more. In addition to our white space network we are also developing the tools that will empower Swazis to leverage internet access.
www.swazibridgeproject.org

Swaziland Ministry of Education

The primary mandate of the Ministry of Education and Training is to provide access to relevant quality education at all levels to all Swazi citizens; taking into account all issues of efficacy, equity and special needs.
www.gov.sz

Swaziland Post & Telecommunication Corporation

The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) was established in 1986 under Act No. 11 of 1983 and its parent is the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology. The organization is made up of two business units, SwaziTelecom and SwaziPost. The Corporation doubles up as the national regulator of communications.
www.sptc.co.sz

WanderPort Networks, Inc.

Wanderport Networks is the commercial parent entity of Wanderport Africa and its subsidiaries. A bespoke internet service provider servicing commercial high-rise office buildings, resorts, luxury hotels and iconic public venues in the United States, Canada and Europe.
www.wanderport.com

 

Current Projects

 

Swaziland

We have embarked on a trial of our advanced network technology in Swaziland; successfully connecting schools back to our network core. We are planning to cover all the Primary and High Schools in the Country by the end of 2018, thus creating the world's first, production country-wide network based on disruptive technologies making rural penetration possible at an affordable cost, and spearheading our initiatives for other rural and developing markets in Africa, and beyond.

  • Many students forgo secondary education in favor of working to support their families. Only 20% of students who attend primary school go on to Forms one through three.
  • A tertiary education is a rare thing in Swaziland. Just 5% of students go on to attend university.
  • The known ICT education programs can be found at the University of Swaziland. However, ICT education needs to be implemented in earlier education as it is fundamental to have a knowledge of computers and computer systems in order to advance in university and beyond. This is why we chose Swaziland to being our project with; we wanted to do the most good where it could be most helpful.
"On behalf of the school, I write to convey our sincerest gratitude to Wanderport Swaziland for your continued assistance towards the school through a provision of the internet facility for the ICT Department.

The availability of such a facility to the whole school has greatly enhanced the teaching/learning process to the benefit of the Swazi children in cognizance of the guiding education philosophies and policies of the Ministry of Education and the Kingdom of Swaziland. The school feels indebted to you and Wanderport Swaziland for such a kind gesture; we shall ensure that your kindness is not in vain."

Mr Petros Horton
Principal, Salesian High School
 

Rwanda

Working hand-in-hand with our partners and friends, The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, WanderPort is setting out to deploy reliable and robust broadband communications to the village over a TV White Space link to ensure reliable and robust broadband services for the benefit of education, as well as commerce for the Village. We hope this endeavor will serve as a model for other remote regions of Rwanda, which is already one of the more forward-thinking, ICT driven countries in Africa. More details will be posted in our Case Study section soon.

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WanderPort Africa, LLC
c/o Mr. Chris Kossifos
3 Columbus Circle
Suite 1420
New York, NY 10019
USA

+1 (646) 755-9413


WanderPort Swaziland
c/o Mr. George Falcomer
Inhlanyelo Fund Division
Tibiyo Insurance House
The Offices Business Park
Ezulwini 
Swaziland 

+268 7606-7535
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