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Swaziland Unplugs

Communication is a necessary element of human existence.

It is arguably the most treasured ability that humans possess, so much so that there are many modes of communication and as much media.

One such media is the telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

Many homes and business entities in and around Swaziland have been using, and still use the telephone to communicate with other persons on a daily basis.

The demand for telephones continues to rise, despite the popularity of other media such as email, cellular phone and social websites.

In the past, a rise in demand meant that more poles, copper wire and plastic material were needed to erect phone lines. In Swaziland, this has changed with the introduction of the Wireless Fixed Fone® by the para-statal Swazi Telecom.

Swaziland communicates

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The Wireless Fixed Fone is a wireless telephone. It does not require connection to a traditional phone line, you merely switch it on and it picks up a signal from a transmitter. This innovative product will undoubtedly reduce the impact that the traditional phone system had on the environment.

The demand for the wood needed for the poles, plastic and copper materials for the actual lines will decline, yet the demand for home and business telephones will be met. The wireless phone also appeals to consumers in that it is prepaid, connection is instantaneous, it is mobile, and it is as durable as a telephone connected to a traditional phone line.

So it is not only environmentally favourable, but it also meets the immediate needs of consumers.

The wireless phone is a great example of how a win-win situation can be achieved where the interests of the people, government, and the environment are at interplay.

Government’s interest in making sure communication remains undisturbed is protected, the public’s interest in having affordable access to communication media is promoted, and environmental integrity is also maintained in the process.

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