Access Networks. 5th International ICST Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2010 and First ICST International Workshop on Autonomic Networking and Self-Management in Access Networks, SELFMAGICNETS 2010, Budapest, Hungary, November 3-5, 2010, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Towards Sustainable Broadband Communication in Rural Areas

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-20931-4_13,
        author={Amos Nungu and Bj\o{}rn Pehrson},
        title={Towards Sustainable Broadband Communication in Rural Areas},
        proceedings={Access Networks. 5th International ICST Conference on Access Networks, AccessNets 2010 and First ICST International Workshop on Autonomic Networking and Self-Management in Access Networks, SELFMAGICNETS 2010, Budapest, Hungary, November 3-5, 2010, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ACCESSNETS},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Community networks Broadband Networks Developing regions Rural Areas economics sustainability},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-20931-4_13}
    }
    
  • Amos Nungu
    Björn Pehrson
    Year: 2012
    Towards Sustainable Broadband Communication in Rural Areas
    ACCESSNETS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-20931-4_13
Amos Nungu1,*, Björn Pehrson1,*
  • 1: Telecommunication Systems Lab
*Contact email: amnungu@kth.se, bpehrson@kth.se

Abstract

As part of the development of a general strategy, we present a framework for the establishment of sustainable broadband communication in under-served areas of developing regions often described in terms of low population density, low purchasing power, intermittent power supply, and lack of competent human resources. Due to an increasing political awareness of the importance of ICT for development, not least due to the explosive expansion of the mobile phone networks, such regions are getting more attention also regarding broadband infrastructure. Our research includes experimental validation of a community networking approach based on affordable high-performance, low-effect technologies focusing on pilot projects in Tanzania.