Date Added: Oct 2009
The Internet has revolutionized communication, education, commerce and information access for its users worldwide. Unfortunately, the lack of copper/fiber infrastructure in the rural areas of the developing world has prevented a large majority of the human population from reaping the benefits of the Internet. While the number of mobile subscribers in the developing world has more than quadrupled in the last five years, the adoption of the Internet has shown a slow growth pattern. Recently, there has been a growing interest in providing Internet access to rural areas by means of inexpensive long distance WiFi mesh networks. However, the expensive Internet uplink and the difficulty in troubleshooting of WiFi mesh networks have hindered their large scale deployment.