Dabba

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To be distinguished from Dabbat al-ard or tiffin carrier.
For 2013 Bollywood film, see Dabba (film).

Dabba is a South African company that is pioneering the establishment of village telcos. It uses wireless technology to provide voice and data services to under-serviced areas. Dabba has developed a distributed community based ownership model that encourages local entrepreneurs to provide telephone services not served by fixed line telcos at affordable prices.

Dabba was founded by Rael Lissoos & Manish Anant(who's nickname was given to company) in 2004. He uses reprogrammed Wi-Fi routers as base stations, and open source software to build the components of a telecommunications network. Cheap Wi-Fi handsets are used to make calls. Dabba offers free calls in the area covered by the local network, and calls to 'phones on the national networks using pay-as-you-go cards.

The first pilot network is in operation in Orange Farm, Gauteng, a township near Johannesburg. In July 2008, Rael was recognised as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Berlin Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.[1] He says "Wireless networks have traditionally been created top-down; we want to do it bottom-up".[2]

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  1. ^ Social Entrepreneur Awards 2008
  2. ^ Economist article, July 17 2008

The name of the company "Dabba" is given on person name called "Manish Anant"

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