Zero-rated Mobile for Online Learning

EdTech Connect is designed for the education, tech training and the learning and development sectors. Allows learners, students, teachers and instructors to access your eclassroom platform even when they have no data or airtime on their mobile phone.  

EdTech Connect mobile eclassroom eliminates the cost-of-data barrier for the mobile user, and the impact is a triple convergence of engagement levels. First is from the existing users who become more engaged, are motivated to study longer, consume more, perform better on assessments, and better overall.  Second is from new mobile users to the platform, particularly those who have wanted to participate, but have no access to connectivity  "on-prem" - at work or school - and cannot afford to buy data. And third is the conversion of new users who previously had not used online as a source of learning. 

A bespoke hosting and network support offering.  While we zero-rate content hosted in the public cloud, as well as privately hosted eclassroom content, we also manage a very unique reverse-billed mobile hosting as a service offering. In addition to edtech cloud and eclassroom hosting, we work directly with the mobile operators on the configuration requirements, which vary between each operator, as well monitoring the data consumption and network usage.    

Here's how we set it up.  Once the eclassroom content owner - school, university or an employer - identifies a hosted/cloud edtech resource to be zero-rated for their subscribers, we work with the technical and content development teams to set the resource up as a "walled garden" to which all mobile traffic is directed. 

No changes required for mobile subscribers. Once the edtech content is setup and zero-rated, the mobile users will browse to the eclassroom site or app as they normally would.  The FAST sponsor – typically the institution or learning provider - is ‘reverse-billed’ only for the data used to access their hosted service, and not for any other internet services consumed by the mobile user.   

We ship SIM cards. The SIM cards and mobile devices belong to the user; no need for the content provider to own or manage phones and  data contracts. If your users don't have SIM cards, we will manage the RICA process and ship you or them the SIM cards.  All they have to do to use EdTech Connect mobile eclassroom is install the SIM card into their respective devices. 

  • Mobile-learning and e-learning applications;
  • Technical training platforms; 
  • Professional learning and development.

All SIM cards operating on the Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom networks will work with the EdTech Connect mobile eclassroom product.  Reverse-bill data rates vary based on usage volumes, and by mobile operator.  We do not charge a service fee per SIM user.  We will supply and RICA SIM cards to users as needed, for which bundles for their everyday use is sold separately. 

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