EduVod is a content delivery solution developed by UEC to deliver e-Learning content to schools via satellite or terrestrial broadcast networks.
The solution is hosted at a TV broadcast or data centre, and manages the receipt, processing and delivery of digital content assets over the broadcast network.
These assets are then received at the school by means of a satellite dish or terrestrial antenna, decoded with a receiver and stored on a server PC.
The e-Learning assets are then made available via the schools WiFi network to tablets and PC’s for use by learners.
All types of e-Learning content can be delivered, such as e-Books, audio and video files, pdf documents and interactive learning materials with assessment modules.
Electronic Learning (e-Learning) is technology-assisted learning and teaching using a variety of digital learning media such as e-books and audio and video learning content.
The ability to deliver content to schools in the Africa context faces two major challenges – reach and cost – content files can be very large, and consume EXPENSIVE data.
A typical satellite will cover all of sub-Saharan Africa under one footprint – that is why TV operators use satellite – whereas mobile networks may not have good coverage.
The cost of a satellite channel is not cheap, but it is a fixed cost irrespective of the number of schools it delivers content to - so it makes sense in large scale deployments.
VSAT (two way satellite comms) is the most expensive, and only cheaper that satellite broadcast for a small number of schools (less than 39).
In SA, up to 250 schools mobile data is the cheapest, but satellite becomes more cost effective after 250 schools.