Mobility

Broadband Provision to Underprivileged Rural Communities

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Executive Summary

Providing access to remote rural areas presents a unique set of technical and non-technical challenges. These challenges are key issues that arise when deploying wireless networks to remote rural areas in developing countries; long distances between nodes, difficulties in getting line of sight, severe climate conditions, single low-bandwidth gateways to the Internet, high cost of Internet connectivity, lack of proper road infrastructure, and lack of reliable power supply. These severe conditions combine with other socio-economical factors (such as low per capita income) to offer unique sets of challenges that call for non-traditional techniques to provide telecommunication and broadband connectivity of acceptable quality and at affordable price to citizens, especially those in poorly resourced rural areas.

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