A typology for community wireless network business models

Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal, Hesham H. Ali

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9 Scopus citations

Abstract

Community Wireless Networks (CWNs) are community-driven solutions that provide ubiquitous and affordable or free wireless Internet access in order to improve the well-being of the community. The escalation of this innovation and diversity of its business models have raised many concerns about the viability and sustainability of such a young innovation. Specifically, CWNs can be implemented using diverse business models that vary with respect to different social sittings, and adopting the proper business model is the key to success for these nonprofit projects. This paper proposes a typology through which we conceptualize and classify these models and discuss their advantages and disadvantages considering their social sittings. We have identified the value offering, financial aspects, business partners, infrastructure management, and target customers of these models. This work would help practitioners to choose the most suitable business model for their community and researchers to investigate the social and economic implications of this innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
Subtitle of host publicationReaching New Heights
Pages655-662
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2007
Event13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2007Aug 12 2007

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights
Volume1

Conference

Conference13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
CountryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO
Period8/10/078/12/07

Keywords

  • Business models
  • Community wireless networks
  • Digital divide
  • Municipal wireless networks
  • Wifi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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