VPUU - via Bundlequest (Pty) Ltd.
VPUU is brings opportunities to disadvantaged areas by investing in world class infrastructure.
We are consulting on- and currently supporting the first phase build of shared network infrastructure, created with the purpose to empower ISPs, WISPs and Community Networks in the area to bring world class uncapped internet speed to within the affordability range of everyone living and working in these communities.
Zenzeleni Networks Mankosi Co-op Ltd.
We were invited by a rural community in an area where there was no power and very limited water infrastructure, to help them establish a world class broadband network.
After 8 visits we had helped this rural community become an ISP with more than 500Mbps fiber in a nearby urban center, financed by the recurring revenues from 12 business customers, with enough excess capacity to have served over 5000 community members with Wi-Fi speeds of up to 100Mbps.
This followed in in the wake of many years of research into rural telecommunications use in this area by the University of the Western Cape, and the work of many researchers and activists into gender bias and community ownership.
The tensions between commercial, community and research groups was explored - and tested - in depth, and it has been a most valuable learning experience. The project was featured on BBC in March 2019, and has since inspired the establishment of many similar projects nearby.
Wish Networks (Pty) Ltd.
In order to obtain connectivity in a time when it was only within economic reach of less than 1% of the country, our founder set out to see how expensive lines could be shared.
After a failed attempt at starting several Wireless User Groups (WUGs), a Wireless ISP (WISP) was established, and grown to cover over 200 buildings, growing purely from generated revenues, selling services that undercut the market by more than 80%
As of 2019, Wish Networks was the most profitable part of a the biggest Wireless ISP conglomerate in South Africa.
A painful and humbling lesson was losing our founding stake to shrewd and cut-throat business people, and we try to help others avoid the same fate.