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Title: Internet usage and performance analysis of a rural wireless network in Macha, Zambia
Authors: Johnson, DL
Belding, EM
Almeroth, K
Van Stam, G
Keywords: Rural wireless networks
Performance analysis
Wireless mesh network
Internet usage
Networked systems
Internet access
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Citation: Johnson, DL, Belding, EM, Almeroth, K, et al. 2010. Internet usage and performance analysis of a rural wireless network in Macha, Zambia. 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, San Francisco, 15 June 2010, pp 6
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;4643
Abstract: There have been a number of rural wireless networks providing Internet access over the last decade but little is known about how the Internet is being used, how these networks perform and whether they follow similar trends when compared with Internet usage patterns in developed regions. We analyse a set of network traces from the Linknet wireless network in Zambia, which provides Internet access to approximately 300 residents of a rural village using a satellite link and a combination of point-to-point links, hotspots and wireless mesh networks. Our analysis reveals largely web-based traffic as opposed to the peer-to-peer traffic dominance that one finds in urban areas. Social networking sites receive the most hits, and large file downloads from operating system repositories contribute the most to the bandwidth consumption. A number of network pathologies in the gateway as well as the wireless mesh network are also analysed and a set of recommendations conclude the work.
Description: 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, San Francisco, 15 June 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5180
ISBN: 978-1-4503-0193-0
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