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Over 40% of the world's population lives in rural and remote areas of developing countries.  

The final report of Focus Group 7 New Technologies for Rural Applications provides technical analysis together with six final recommendations designed to respond to the challenges of rural connectivity and access. 

 The report is also available in French or Spanish and the final report can be ordered here. 

In order to implement recommendations, a special Task Force has been established and is funded by Japan and chaired by   Mr.Yasuhiko Kawasumi.  

Call for Pilot Project Proposals


On behalf of the BDT Director and Task Force Chair, the ITU is currently accepting Wireless IP pilot project proposals.  Project proposals are to follow ITU Wireless IP Project Guidelines and Project Authorisation and Implementation Procedures.  All pilots are to be launched by December 2003. 


Call to WIFI and Wireless IP Suppliers


We invite all suppliers of new and innovative technologies that can be used to enhance universal service in rural areas to contribute to a proposed online catalogue.  Technical know how and equipment contributions for pilot projects are encouraged.


On-Line Library : Rural Connectivity


We invite all individuals, researchers, NGO's, corporations and governments to contribute to the online case study library of lessons learned learned when using new technologies in rural and remote areas.  

Information on the Task Force 

To join the Task Force, please contact the ITU Secretariat

Task Force Members Zone

WiFi, RLAN & Wireless IP for Low Cost Access


We are interested in partnering with rural communities, suppliers and project managers to exchange information on business models, funding strategies, supplier information and applications for Wireless IP, WiFi, WiMax etc. for community-based networks.  If you are interested, please visit Pilot Project or contact the ITU Secretariat.  

To date, pilot proposals have been received from :

  • Bulgaria - Rural Telemedicine Proposal

  • Uganda - Rural Community network   

  • Yemen - Wireless IP Rural Access 

  • Brazil - Virtual Library Project - Rural extension

  • Sri Lanka - Open University Project

Renewable Energy and Rural ICTs


 In cooperation with leading experts in the field, other ngos and global partners, the ITU is working to produce a handbook outlining theoretical and practical expertise related to renewable energy solutions for small scale ICT development.  

Links for New Technologies and Rural Applications



Partners for Rural Connectivity


The Task Force has launched an official Request for Partners.  To explore partnership opportunities with this initiative, please contact

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