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 Citations (Scopus)

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 - Jan 1 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

Fingerprint

Internet
Overlay networks
Wide area networks
Wireless ad hoc networks
Communication satellites
Wireless networks
Rural areas
World Wide Web
Connectivity
Rural communities
Digital divide
Ad hoc networks
Local communities
Satellite communication

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

Cite this

Abdelaal, A. M., & Ali, H. H. (2005). An innovative model for providing digital connectivity to rural areas. In Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005 (Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005; Vol. 1). International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA.

An innovative model for providing digital connectivity to rural areas. / Abdelaal, Abdelnasser M.; Ali, Hesham H.

Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA, 2005. (Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005; Vol. 1).

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

Abdelaal, AM & Ali, HH 2005, An innovative model for providing digital connectivity to rural areas. in Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005. Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005, vol. 1, International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA, 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005, Cairo, Egypt, 12/13/05.
Abdelaal AM, Ali HH. An innovative model for providing digital connectivity to rural areas. In Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA. 2005. (Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005).
Abdelaal, Abdelnasser M. ; Ali, Hesham H. / An innovative model for providing digital connectivity to rural areas. Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA, 2005. (Internet and Information Technology in Modern Organizations: Challenges and Answers - Proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2005).
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