Resource A Rural Implementation of a 52 Node Mixed Wireless Mesh Network in Macha, Zambia
Type Conference or workshop paper
Last update: 24/12/2010
Type: Conference or workshop paper
Language English
Year of publication: 2009
Citation: Backens, Jonathan, Mweemba, Gregory, van Stam, Gertjan, A Rural Implementation of a 52 Node Mixed Wireless Mesh Network in Macha, Zambia. AfriComm, Maputo, Mozambique, 2009
Authors: Backens, Jonathan, Mweemba, Gregory, van Stam, Gertjan
Target countries: Zambia
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Summary In spite of increasing international and academic attention, there remains many challenges facing real world implementations of developing technologies. There has been considerable hype behind Wireless Mesh Networking as the ubiquitous solution for rural ICT in the developing world. In this paper, we present the real world rural mesh network implementation in the village of Macha, Zambia and draw both performance conclusions as well as overall experiential conclusions. The purpose of this paper is to introduce and analyze our low cost solution and extrapolate future trends for rural ICT implementations in Zambia.
Role Organisation
Author Organisation organisation details LinkNet Multi-purpose Co-operative Society Limited
Author Organisation organisation details Macha Works Zambia
Network Organisation organisation details Southern Africa Telecenter Network
Network Organisation organisation details ICT for Development
Network Organisation organisation details Zambia Telecenter Network
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 160 Other social infrastructure and services
220 Communications  
1.2 Institutional dimension Knowledge Management & Communication  
1.4 Target group(s) 1. Local communities
4. Research community
2. SMEs/Private sector
3. Intermediary organisations  
2.3 Commodity group Other products  
5.1 Sustainability Issues 6. Services
5. Technology  
Role Activity
Progress Report project details LinkNet