Design and Implementation of an Inclusive Ubiquitous Access
2012 (English)In: Wireless personal communications, ISSN 0929-6212, E-ISSN 1572-834X, Vol. 67, no 1, 79-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The development towards ubiquitous network access requires innovative solutions to get remote areas included, especially rural areas of developing regions. The challenges include robustness of network components, poor or non-existent power supply and sustainable business models. We argue that large scale user-driven community networks are becoming technically viable to deploy in areas that are short of supply of telecommunication services due to little or no commercial interest. To support this claim, we discuss the design of key network elements and careful power management based on alternative energy sources and storage. We also provide a status report from ongoing field-tests regarding provisioning of broadband network services in Serengeti, Tanzania, and outline briefly our strategy to achieve sustainability. On the technical side, we first discuss an affordable, high-performance, low-effect router based on open source software and standard off-the-shelf hardware offering both copper and fibre links. Our design is capable of forwarding more than 700 kpps at 22.3 W. The power consumption is considerably less than all alternatives in our comparison. Then we discuss power management and the use of batteries and super-capacitors as backup and storage solutions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 67, no 1, 79-94 p.
Ubiquitous access, Developing regions, Software routers, Green networking, Performance measurement, Alternative energies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105650DOI: 10.1007/s11277-012-0801-5ISI: 000309880400006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84867870336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105650DiVA: diva2:571987
QC 201211262012-11-262012-11-232012-11-26Bibliographically approved