Print Email Facebook Twitter Bringing internet connectivity to rural Zambia using a collaborative approach Title Bringing internet connectivity to rural Zambia using a collaborative approach Author Matthee, K.W. Mweemba, G. Pais, A.V. Starn, G.V. Rijken, M. TNO Informatie- en Communicatietechnologie Publication year 2007 Abstract This paper presents an initiative to bring connectivity to rural Zambia using a collaborative approach. In particular, it focuses on a proof-of-concept Internet service that has been implemented in rural Macha located in the Southern Province of Zambia. The service operates using satellite terminals (for connection to the Internet) and a wireless local area network. The provision of Internet access has enabled local health institutes to operate more effectively and given local people the opportunity to communicate and explore new ideas. It has also created new employment opportunities and generated several projects including a data entry service and a sunflower farming initiative. Being a rural area, several problems hamper progress including frequent electricity outages and the exorbitant cost of bandwidth. International collaboration has been established between LinkNet, the Meraka Institute (South Africa), TNO (Netherlands) and the Global Research Alliance. With its partners, LinkNet addresses the main challenges through applied research and innovation and targets an upscaling of its activities throughout rural Zambia and beyond. Subject Data entriesEmployment opportunitiesInternational collaborationsInternet accessInternet connectivityInternet servicesLinkNetLocal peopleNetherlandsProof of conceptSatellite terminalsSouth AfricaRural areasWireless local area networks (WLAN) To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:474e9945-d10d-4c02-ab96-7d5808b4b381 DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/ictd.2007.4937391 TNO identifier 240449 Source 2007 International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2007, 15-16 December 2007, Bangalore, India Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.