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Title: Building rural wireless networks: lessons learnt and future directions
Authors: Johnson, D
Roux, K
Keywords: J.4
Social sciences
Behavioral sciences
Association for computing machinery
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Citation: Johnson, D and Roux, K. 2008. Building rural wireless networks: lessons learnt and future directions. 2008 ACM Workshop on Wireless Networks and Systems for Developing Regions, San Franscisco, California, USA, 19 September 2008, pp 17-22
Abstract: Providing connectivity to under-serviced rural areas comes with a unique set of challenges such as the high cost of installing equipment, lack of reliable power, skill shortages and high cost of providing Internet connectivity which is mostly satellite based. The recent emergence of low-cost commodity wireless 802.11 devices and the use of mesh networking as a key enabling technology for rural areas could see a new wave of connectivity in these areas. The paper presents pilot deployments of low-cost wireless rural networks in South Africa and Zambia that are showing very encouraging results in which houses, schools and clinics are connected on shoestring budgets. Some key areas for future development are also discussed such the use of IPv6, power saving mechanisms for battery operated routers, and support for real-time flow over mesh networks
Description: Copyright: 2008 Association for Computing Machinery
URI: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1410064.1410068&coll=GUIDE&dl=GUIDE&CFID=9378144&CFTOKEN=69880748
ISBN: 978-1-60558-190-3
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