E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries. First International ICST Conference, AFRICOM 2009, Maputo, Mozambique, December 3-4, 2009. Proceedings

Research Article

BoulSat Project: Low-Cost Wireless Metropolitan Network Implementation in Burkina Faso

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-12701-4_9,
        author={Samuele Catusian and Federico Longobardi and Francesco Panicucci and Raphael Bartalesi and Libertario Demi and Antonio Cuomo and Silvano Orlandi},
        title={BoulSat Project: Low-Cost Wireless Metropolitan Network Implementation in Burkina Faso},
        proceedings={E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries. First International ICST Conference, AFRICOM 2009, Maputo, Mozambique, December 3-4, 2009. Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={poor-wlan digital divide telecommunications infrastructures wireless networks wi-fi/hyperlan technology transfer},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-12701-4_9}
    }
    
  • Samuele Catusian
    Federico Longobardi
    Francesco Panicucci
    Raphael Bartalesi
    Libertario Demi
    Antonio Cuomo
    Silvano Orlandi
    Year: 2012
    BoulSat Project: Low-Cost Wireless Metropolitan Network Implementation in Burkina Faso
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12701-4_9
Samuele Catusian1, Federico Longobardi1, Francesco Panicucci1, Raphael Bartalesi1, Libertario Demi1, Antonio Cuomo1, Silvano Orlandi2
  • 1: Ingegneria Senza Frontiere
  • 2: Centro Sviluppo Umano ONLUS

Abstract

The BoulSat Project involves the realization of a bidirectional VSAT (satellite connection system) and the study of ”poor” a Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN) to extend the Internet connectivity to the public institutions in the town area. Low-cost or waste materials have been used to build components where possible, thus to make possible for the local technicians with no specific and theoretical skills to build their network components by hand. This pilot scheme has been applied in Boulsa, in the Sahel region at the north of Burkina Faso. Besides the Boulsa case study, the whole work analyses a typical situation, due to the wide range of problems which have been handled, of remote communities in the South of the World. The aim is to characterize a standard of intervention, suitable for Developing Countries, to set up low-cost wireless telecommunication infrastructures.