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Building a Rural Wireless Mesh Network

Discussion in 'Web & Internet' started by alist1986, Mar 19, 2015.

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    In rural Africa the penetration of telecommunication services, for example telephony and internet
    access, is low and in some regions non-existent. The telecommunication operators in Africa
    consider rural Africa as uneconomical due to the nature of these regions - remote, often
    inaccessible, lacking in infrastructure, sparsely populated, low income households and people with
    low skills levels. Yet, reliable, affordable and easy access to telecommunication services for all has
    been identified as key to social and economic development in Africa.
    Self-provisioning and community ownership of low cost, distributed infrastructure is becoming a
    viable alternative to increase the penetration of telecommunication services in rural Africa. The
    recent emergence of wireless mesh network technology (based on IEEE 802.11 a/b/g standards)
    can help to improve the delivery of telecommunication services in these regions.
    The network design for a wireless mesh network will depend on the geographic landscape and
    distances between the points to be connected. A combination of point-to-point long distance links
    (using directional antennas) and local point-to-multipoint links (using omni-directional antennas)
    between mesh nodes can create a reliable mesh network.
    In rural Africa a satellite link (VSAT) often provides the only possible way to connect a local mesh
    network to an upstream network provider offering global connectivity. Satellite links suffer from
    higher than normal latency and affect latency sensitive services such as telephony.
    A number of pilot mesh projects across the world (Freifunk OLSR Experiment in Berlin, Germany,
    the Dharamsala mesh in India and Peebles Valley in South Africa) have demonstrated that a
    community can establish and maintain a wireless mesh network and have access to a range of
    modern information and communication services. These services include telephony (Voice over
    Internet Protocol), instant messaging, electronic mail, web access, multimedia services and service
    delivery (e.g. telehealth and e-learning).
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    The idea in building mesh networks is not new, but given the right instructions, some minor skills and hard work, you can make something useful in the end. Gawin mong project sa isang remote barangay...laking bagay.
    Kung may "parol" community kayo mas maganda he he... 'Eto "in" na concept sa Cuba, na isa sa pinakamahigpit na bansa concerning internet usage.
  2. Connecting rural areas via internet with the rest of the world via mesh networks seems to be a viable option. This is true especially for the developing countries where geographical conditions are hard, infrastructure is lacking and people have a desire to connect to the rest of the world.
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