Local Connectivity Solutions for the Unconnected

Association for Progressive Communications

Session 338

09:00–10:45, Friday, 16 June 2017 Room L2, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop

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The Potential for Community Based Access Provision

Local connectvity and community-based networks take a grassroots approach to providing viable alternatives to traditional internet access models by the use of networking and other technologies by and for a local community. Although not new, there is a growing movement of local connectvity and community-based networks (fueled by emerging technologies and the success of proven and scalable traditional networking and connectivity technologies) that operate local communication infrastructure that is built by local communities and organizations in a bottom-up and democratic manner.

This workshop will discuss specific examples of local connectivity and community-based network solutions in Mexico, South Africa and India to identify the challenges to making them sustainable and scalable. The panelists will cover the policy and regulatory frameworks required.

Examples of ongoing and successcul projects in this area include:

Rhizomatica's successful development and deployment of community networks in Mexico, in particular with indigenous communities. They are now also helping to develop a more enabling policy and regulatory environment for community networks in the Latin American and Carribbean region.

Altermundi's (Argentina) development of a high performance Mesh Router (Libremesh)

Colnodo's deployment of mobile community networks in Colombia based in the experience of Rhizomatica in Mexico.

Digital Empowerment Foundation's Wireless For Communities (W4C) in India supported in collaobration with the Internet Society.

Fantsuam Foundation's Rural Community Wireless Network and Training Centre - ZittNet - in Nigeria.

Núcleo de Pesquisas, Estudos e Formação (Nupef) is working to develop two pilot community network pilots in unserved areas in Brazil.

Zenzeleni (South Africa) and Altermundi  are working to develop a Solar Powered Mesh router development.


Moderator: Association for Progressive Communications


Ritu Srivastava, Programme Officer, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), India.

Shernon Osepa, Manager, Latin America & The Caribbean Bureau, Internet Society, Curacao

Roger Baig Viñas, Engineer, Fundació Privada per a la Xarxa Oberta, Guifi.net, Catalunya

Carlos Baca, Research Officer, Rhizomatica Networks, Mexico

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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