e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 9th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, December 11-12, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Digital Inclusion: A Model for e-Infrastructure and e-Services in Developing Countries

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_7,
        author={Alfredo Terzoli and Ingrid Sieb\o{}rger and Mosiuoa Tsietsi and Sibukele Gumbo},
        title={Digital Inclusion: A Model for e-Infrastructure and e-Services in Developing Countries},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 9th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, December 11-12, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2018},
        month={8},
        keywords={e-Infrastructure e-Services e-Government ICT4D Networks Teleweaver Broadband island},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_7}
    }
    
  • Alfredo Terzoli
    Ingrid Siebörger
    Mosiuoa Tsietsi
    Sibukele Gumbo
    Year: 2018
    Digital Inclusion: A Model for e-Infrastructure and e-Services in Developing Countries
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98827-6_7
Alfredo Terzoli1,*, Ingrid Siebörger1,*, Mosiuoa Tsietsi1,*, Sibukele Gumbo2,*
  • 1: Rhodes University
  • 2: University of Fort Hare
*Contact email: a.terzoli@ru.ac.za, i.sieborger@ru.ac.za, m.tsietsi@ru.ac.za, sgumbo@ufh.ac.za

Abstract

A large portion of the South African population is still not connected in a productive manner to the Internet, despite the existence of a government plan for public broadband, ‘SA Connect’. One reason for this could be the lack of an appropriate model, through which connectivity can be diffused in a meaningful way through all areas of South Africa. This paper presents the model developed over more than a decade of experimentation in real life settings in the Siyakhula Living Lab, a joint venture between the universities of Rhodes and Fort Hare, South Africa. The model proposes the ‘Broadband Island’ as basic e-infrastructure unit, which clusters nearby points-of-presence hosted in schools. In each Broadband Island is located an applications integration platform, TeleWeaver, which monetizes channels of access to the local community, to support the e-infrastructure while providing useful services to the population and the Government.