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Towards Sustainable Broadband Communication in Rural Areas

  • Amos Nungu
  • Björn Pehrson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 63)

Abstract

As part of the development of a general strategy, we present a framework for the establishment of sustainable broadband communication in under-served areas of developing regions often described in terms of low population density, low purchasing power, intermittent power supply, and lack of competent human resources. Due to an increasing political awareness of the importance of ICT for development, not least due to the explosive expansion of the mobile phone networks, such regions are getting more attention also regarding broadband infrastructure. Our research includes experimental validation of a community networking approach based on affordable high-performance, low-effect technologies focusing on pilot projects in Tanzania.

Keywords

Community networks Broadband Networks Developing regions Rural Areas economics sustainability 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amos Nungu
    • 1
  • Björn Pehrson
    • 1
  1. 1.Telecommunication Systems LabKistaSweden

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