e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 10th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2018, Dakar, Senegal, November 29-30, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

Comm4Dev: Communication Infrastructure for Development

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-16042-5_24,
        author={Ant\^{o}nio Sousa and Carlos Resende and Andr\^{e} Pereira and Waldir Moreira},
        title={Comm4Dev: Communication Infrastructure for Development},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 10th EAI International Conference, AFRICOMM 2018, Dakar, Senegal, November 29-30, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2019},
        month={3},
        keywords={Broadband access Low-cost backhaul infrastructure Communication for development Digital inclusion},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-16042-5_24}
    }
    
  • António Sousa
    Carlos Resende
    André Pereira
    Waldir Moreira
    Year: 2019
    Comm4Dev: Communication Infrastructure for Development
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-16042-5_24
António Sousa1,*, Carlos Resende1,*, André Pereira1,*, Waldir Moreira1,*
  • 1: Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS
*Contact email: antonio.sousa@fraunhofer.pt, carlos.resende@fraunhofer.pt, andre.pereira@fraunhofer.pt, waldir.junior@fraunhofer.pt

Abstract

One of the main reasons for the still observed digital divide is the lack of communication infrastructure in regions away from urban centres. As these regions are normally spread over long distances and have small populations (i.e., prospective users), operators see little business opportunities and refrain from large investments to reach these areas. Upon this scenario, our Communication Infrastructure for Development (Comm4Dev) solution was built to offer a low-cost backhaul infrastructure, providing these underserved communities with broadband access. As to allow a wider range of application scenarios (e.g., precision agriculture, industrial production support), our Comm4Dev solution has been updated not only to further promote digital inclusion, but also to allow the development of communities that are in remote areas. To illustrate the potential of our Comm4Dev solution, we validated it in an indoor hydroponic farming testbed.