An innovative model for providing digital connectivity to rural areas

Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal, Hesham H. Ali

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

With the growing demand on the new generation of Internet-based applications, it has become clear that providing landline high-speed Internet for rural communities is an expensive and impractical task. Obtaining these fast connections could be via deploying wireless infrastructures either by pure wireless networks or by a combination of wireless ad-hoc networks and minimal fixed overlay networks or backbones. With the difficulty in implementing such plans with commercial success, providing digital connectivity to rural communities through academic institutes using satellite communications and/or Wide Area Networks provides a viable option. This paper proposes an innovative solution to this timely problem via collaborative efforts between academic institutions and local communities. The proposed model appears to be the most viable option to deal with the emerging issues of the digital divide. We also present few case studies in which the proposed model is employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005
PublisherInternational Business Information Management Association, IBIMA
ISBN (Print)0975339346, 9780975339343
StatePublished - 2005
Event5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005 - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Dec 13 2005Dec 15 2005

Publication series

NameInternet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005
Volume1

Conference

Conference5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005
CountryEgypt
CityCairo
Period12/13/0512/15/05

Keywords

  • Digital connectivity
  • Digital divide
  • E-learning
  • ISPs
  • Rural areas
  • Wireless infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

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