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Exploring Cost-Effective Reinforcements for Rural Telecommunication Networks: Dwesa Case Study

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Executive Summary

Telecommunication networks are a solution to accessing information in remote and marginalized areas. The availability of Internet has changed the way people share ideas and communicate, by eliminating limiting factors such as distance. The major problem for these deployed networks is that very few of the ones deployed in rural developing countries manage to stay operationally sustainable over long periods of time. The reason for this increased down-time is due to difficulty in fault diagnosis by the users, hardware failure and other environmental issues. In this paper, the authors will discuss different cost effective ways and methods in which the availability (network uptime) and robustness for these networks can be improved and reinforced.

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