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It’s been quite three years since I was in San Pedro Sula (Honduras) taking part in a ICT4D workshop and was told about the project Aldeas Solares, run by the Honduras Government.
Put it simple: solar energy and satellite communications to bring electricity and internet to rural areas. The rough part: cost. Satellite communications are quite expensive. The roughest part: it only served a telecenter, no more.
“Mesh networking’s main advantage is that it is affordable and easy to deploy. No need for expensive telecoms engineers, truck rolls, month-long surveys or high-priced hardware. Finally, areas neglected by DSL and cable operators can get high-speed broadband access.”
“What is so cool about mesh networking is that it can be deployed today quickly and inexpensively (and maintained) by people with a minimal technical background. This makes mesh a compelling choice for many rural communities especially in developing countries.”
Well, this sounds cool and I’m really optimistic in wireless to help bring connectivity around.
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “Mesh networks help developing areas Archives” In ICTlogy,
#4, January 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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