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 Case Study Summary Information
Country
Papua New Guinea
Title of case study:
sustainable & cost effective engineering for rural communication & access to information
Organization submitting the case study:
Rural Solutions
Address:
Website:
Status of project(s):
 Operational
Location and population of the project area
Location (village, district, etc.)
Kerowagi District, Simbu Province
Population of the project area
50,000
Types of projects
 Others
Type of application / service
 Support for small business, e-business
 E-health
 Tele-education, e-learning
 ICT training
 Others
if others, please specify:
trainers training
Type of technology
 Satellite two-way communications: VSAT, etc.
 Wireless LANS and IP-based related networks
if others, please specify:
Organizations involved in implementing the project:
-150 word summary of the project indicating its expected social /economic impacts

 Detailed project description and analysis
Overview of project’s targets, objectives and financing
a. Brief description of the country/region: geography, terrain, climate, demographics, socio-economic situation:
b. Objectives and implementation details of the project applications (basic telephony, e-business, e-administration, e-education, e-health, ICT training etc):
c. Consideration of indigenous communities, isolated and poorly served areas, small islands and their particular needs and situations.
d. New technologies deployed for providing reduced cost capital and operating cost solutions.
e. Financing and partnership aspects of the project, including the estimated total cost of the project and the types of funders (e.g. sponsors’ contribution, charitable donations and subsidies from USF).
f. Decision-making process to determine the project
Infrastructure and regulatory environment
a. Infrastructure components: Pre-existing telecommunication facilities, transport access, electricity supply, distance to the nearest local exchange and/or IP network, human resources, security
b. Regulatory components: Universal service obligations, licensing conditions, frequency availability (for radio-based projects), other regulatory issues
c. Other factors which influenced the operating environment (manufacturers, standards etc).
Technical description and services provided
a. Architecture, type of systems, main technical characteristics, frequencies (for radio-based projects), power consumption, performances (capacity, reliability, quality of service), network management, etc.,
b. Installation and deployment: network planning, subscriber management, etc.
c. Interconnection to national networks/backbones
d. For each service delivered (POTS, “IP telephony”, etc.): mode (data type and bit rate) and quality (voice quality and bit error rate).
Cost aspects
a. Cost of the equipment, cost per line and cost of the operation of the system
b. Cost of each terminal and cost of the service for the user.
Effectiveness and sustainability of the project
a. Effectiveness and benefits of the project for the targeted user groups
b. Profitability of the project and/or its contribution to local entrepreneurial activities
c. Specific strategies to respond to the needs of women, youth, handicapped, indigenous people and other marginalized or socially disadvantaged groups
d. Aspects of the project, which could be strengthened to enhance its effectiveness or sustainability maximizing the benefits of telecommunication infrastructure in rural and remote areas.
Social and human development impacts
a. Overview of key social and human development needs of the population in the project area
b. Role and commitment of the project to addressing these needs
c. Socio-economic benefits for, and impacts on the community(ies) and/or at a wider level, including support for gender equity, promotion of community participation and the needs of marginalized and disadvantaged populations
d. Means foreseen to enhance the project’s future contributions to human and social development.
Other observations
a. Unexpected results and lessons learned
b. Anticipated near/long-term project challenges and reorientation.
c. Additional information considered useful