Ericsson partners with UNICEF to map school internet connectivity

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Ericsson partners with UNICEF to help identify connectivity gaps in 35 countries. Mapping the connectivity landscape is a critical first step towards connecting every school to the internet and providing each child with access to learning opportunities.

Ericsson and UNICEF will work together to help map school connectivity globally by the end of 2023. Through our expertise in ICT we will help to provide an understanding of where connectivity is needed the most; utilizing data engineering and data science capacity to accelerate school connectivity mapping. We will help develop a solution that supports the Giga initiative through the collection, validation, analysis, monitoring and visualization of real-time school connectivity data. The visualization helps governments and the private sector design and deploy digital interventions to support learning for children and young people.

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Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships, UNICEF

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships, UNICEF

Heather Johnson, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Heather Johnson, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Hear from Ericsson’s Heather Johnson, VP Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility and Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships, discuss how the partnership will help connect every school to the internet and close the digital divide.

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Digital Inclusion

Our global partnership is part of the GIGA initiative launched last year, which aims to connect every school to the internet. The goal is to see every young person having access to information and opportunity, positively shaping this generation of school children and many more to come.

Ericsson’s role will be to understand and quantify the full scale of the problem, by mapping each school which needs connectivity. Providing a foundation, from where this project can grow and flourish. We will provide funding and valuable experience, technology and expertise to understand the connectivity gap.

Our deep knowledge in communications technology will be crucial to the project’s success in order to fully understand real-time connectivity for schools – supplemented by our decades of experience in working with mobile operators and their data, extracting valuable insights in order to build intelligent, automated systems.

The end goal of the Giga Initiative is to ensure that every child, in every school, in every corner of the world, is connected to the internet – thereby having access to the resources and education that will help them succeed.

See the schools that are currently mapped live and follow the progress at https://www.projectconnect.world/

Education in focus

Girls in ICT

Empower women and girls through ICT to improve gender equality.

Digital skills

Help create a digitally skilled future workforce.

Digital connectivity for schools

Accelerate digital connectivity to schools to create positive impact.