Edith Chelangat, is a Kenyan mother who for the first time is getting
clean, affordable energy and light, thanks to her mobile phone. This
lighting system is solar powered and includes embedded GSM technology
for monitoring and metering usage. Edith makes micro-payments with her
phone to top up her lighting system's 'credit' whenever she wants. It
is a pay-as-you-go service with the advantage of no large initial cash
outlay. Importantly, it is cheaper and healthier than the alternative,
Edith's story is used to illustrate the service provided by M-KOPA to
help customers save money by enabling micro-asset financing and allowing
them access to previously unaffordable energy products. This case study
explores the issue of machine-to-machine technology (M2M) and presents
some ideas for consideration by the M2M industry.
Hughes, N. Unlocking a New Market: Ultra-Low-Cost M2M. Opportunities and Barriers to a New Mobile Frontier. M-KOPA Solar, Nairobi, Kenya (2013) 5 pp.