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Nigeria: Rural Dwellers to Surf Voice Internet in Local Languages
Source: Daily Trust
Source Date: Friday, October 26, 2012
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Nigeria
Created: Oct 26, 2012

A new phone technology will now enable thousands of illiterate farmers and traders in the rural areas of the country to surf the internet in their local languages, an expert Dr Emdad Khan said yesterday. A Nigerian firm with a United States business partner yesterday said it is targeting over 100,000 illiterate farmers and traders in the rural areas of the country with Internetspeech which would allow them to do businesses through the internet in their local languages or with people of other languages via inbuilt translator. Abuja based Adamu Consulting and Internet Speech Inc in collaboration with ICT University of Louisiana USA, who presented the new technology at a press conference in Abuja, said it is an innovation that will bridge the digital and language divides and will allow those who have no formal education access to the internet. The trio of Dr Haruna Adamu of Adamu Consulting, Dr Emdad Khan of InternetSpeech USA and Prof Victor Mbarika of ICT University of USA jointly addressed the media and promised that Nigerian agriculture and SMEs would get a boost through the new phone technology. Founder and President of InternetSpeech, Dr Emdad Khan, said that Nigerians with no formal education would now be able to access the internet provided they have phones and that would enable them to transact businesses within or across borders. According to him, access is provided via any phone to information on any website whether or not that site has been voice-enabled. The new technology will also provide all features of internet including audio browsing, searching, sending and receiving emails, doing e-health, e-learning, e-commerce, and e-agriculture capabilities, according to Dr khan. He added the patented voice internet technology uses an intelligent agent that performs key tasks which include automating communication between a telephone and the internet and thereby extracting key information from a web page.
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