2008 (English)In: The 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networked Systems for De-veloping Regions, New York, NY, USA: ACM , 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper presents a broadband island defined by a fibre-opticcommunication network between Bunda and Serengeti, two ruraldistricts in the Mara region in northern Tanzania. The purpose ofthe network is to facilitate creation and sharing of information atgovernment institutions. The network is also expected to createjobs and entrepreneurial activities in these under-served areas.
The network is comprised of an optical fibre backbone and wireless local area networks operating in license-free spectrum asaccess networks. The fibre is currently terminated at three locations. VLAN-capable Ethernet switches with long rangeoptical transceivers provide backbone transmission as well as fibre access. To minimize costs, routers and servers in the networkare all based on standard PC hardware and Free Open Sourcesoftware. The infrastructure is operated under an Open Accessregime, other ways of resource sharing like virtualization at thelink; network and application layers are explored.
Although the broadband island defined by the fibre has anarrowband VSAT connection to the Internet, the focus on theservices provided in the network is local, focusing on e-government, education, healthcare and support to local entrepreneurs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, NY, USA: ACM , 2008.
Documentation, Design, Economics, Experimentation.
Research subject SRA - ICT
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48393DOI: 10.1145/1397705.1397716ScopusID: 2-s2.0-70249093279ISBN: 978-1-60558-180-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-48393DiVA: diva2:457489
2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Networked Systems for De-veloping Regions
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