Babar Bhatti gave an interview for an article on Wi-FiPlanet.com titled “WiMAX gives boost to education in Pakistan”. It’s a very insightful article, one which specifically tells us of how WiMAX can be utilized.
The company in question, KZO is delivering it’s education solutions over the wateen’s wimax network to atleast two schools in Islamabad, and if/when they get funded, which expand it to other cities. Their technology is described as,
The technology that KZO uses to deliver the educational component in the ED-LINKS exchangesâ€”and is starting to use for distance learning in Pakistanâ€”was developed by KZO Innovations, a subsidiary. The company claims its platform goes well beyond other streaming video-based e-learning products, of which there are several.
The KZO technology can use video from almost any source, including professionally-produced lessons and recorded teleconferences. The real differentiator is its Web 2.0 features. Users can text message in real time while the video plays. They can also add tags and other annotations to the video while itâ€™s playing to index and extend it.
There was always a lot of speculation on the impact high speed broadband will have on the country, however, i wasn’t sure education would’ve been one of the first to be impacted. While there are many other issues to be resolved within the education system of the country, this project would definitely be one in the right direction.
I wonder what other applications can be developed for the Pakistani community using Wimax as a delivery method?