Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been recognized with a 2015 Africa Award for ”Social Contribution” for its Connect To Learn initiative. The Africa Awards, organized by Total Telecom, recognize outstanding performance and innovation from the leading organizations in telecoms and the Internet of Things markets.
Ericsson is lead technology partner in Connect To Learn, an initiative created in collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Millennium Promise, with a specific focus on increasing access to quality education for girls. Since 2010, Connect To Learn has supported UNESCO’s “Education for All” goals by deploying mobile broadband and cloud solutions, combined with hands-on training in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), to schools in 12 African countries. Following the initial rollout of the program, more than 36,400 students in Africa, from Ghana and Uganda to Tanzania and Djibouti have been able to access quality education resources via Ericsson’s cloud-based solutions. Globally, the program is impacting some 50 000 students in 21 countries.
The solution is provided as a service and designed for users with little or no IT experience. Improved access, and reduced costs are made possible because users do not have to worry about virus protection, software updates, application installation or maintenance as the solution is open source and tasks are all managed in the cloud. The solution also promotes the role of the network operator as a provider of both bandwidth and applications for educational purposes.
“The technology available today breaks down the information divide, making it possible for young people everywhere to learn and receive a 21st century education,” said Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson. “Connect To Learn is helping to overcome education challenges demonstrate the positive impact mobility, broadband and cloud technology can have on access to quality education. We are extremely proud of this project and what it has accomplished, and will continue to achieve moving forward.”
For more information about Connect to Learn, click here
Notes to editors
Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at www.ericsson.com/press.
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.
Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.
With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.
Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2014 were SEK 228.0 billion (USD 33.1 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.
For further information, please contact
Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92
Ericsson Investor Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 00 00