While innovations in mobile broadband continues to evolve, there are still some countries where access to Internet is restricted or too expensive to afford.
Vodafone is aware of this fact, and have come up with a unique solution to provide affordable Internet access in those developing countries.
The company today unveiled the Webbox, a simple QWERTY keyboard that connects any TV through a basic RCA cable and provides instant access to Internet from a regular 2.5G or EDGE connection.
Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals said: “The Webbox is a simple yet very innovative product. It has the potential to make a powerful difference in the lives of people in emerging markets who have limited access to the internet, but where TV penetration is typically very high. The simplicity of the product is striking – it brings the internet to the TV, be that at home for the family, in schools for education or in small businesses to assist local economic growth.”
The Webbox will compress Internet pages upto 90% for faster page loading. The system will pack in Opera Mini 5.1, SMS and email messaging, Internet search, FM radio, photo gallery tool, and music player.
Vodafone will be launching the Webbox from next week in South Africa, with launches across other markets in 2011.