Community Wireless Training in Nigeria
Published: 12 Mar 2007
The training of Fantsuam Foundation's Wireless Community Network Team took place the 19 Feb - 5 Mar 2007 in Kafanchan, Nigeria. A two week long training workshop in Wireless Communications was conducted by IT +46 in order to support Fantsuam Foundation in their process of building up a rural wireless ISP in Kafanchan.
Fantsuam Foundation, located in Kafanchan, is a non profit organization aimed at pioneering gender and youth focused on micro finance and ICT services and development in rural communities of Nigeria.
Kafanchan is a town of approx. 40,000 people located 200 km east of Abuja in central Nigeria. The area is poorly connected in terms of telephony and Internet connectivity. Today, no fix telephony is available and GSM just arrived to the town in 2005. Still now in 2007, the quality of the GSM network is low and users experience frequent cut-offs and long delays in their conversations.
The only option to Internet connectivity is via satellite communication. With the wireless network at Fantsuam, Fantsuam Foundation will become the first Internet Service Provider in Kafanchan.
The interest in the wireless network from the community is huge. Potential partners in Kafanchan and its surroundings are many. To mention a few on the waiting list are the hospitals and health clinics, schools, churches, Internet cafés, commercial businesses and individuals.
Community Driven Infrastructure in East Africa
Published: 2 Feb 2007Today IT +46 has released the first version of a set of surveys and studies prepared for the Making ICT work for the poor initiative. The project, supported by the United Nation Development Programme, explores the potential of community-driven infrastructure.
The reports summarize the findings of the field studies conducted by local teams in Mbale (Uganda), Bugabo (Tanzania), Tabaka (Kenya) and Nyamata (Rwanda). The surveys assess the viability of deployment of four wireless community networks. All the reports include radio simulations and a proposed topology for the network infrastructure.
Four technical studies, in the areas of wireless terrestrial connectivity, FM radio broadcasting and VoIP connectivity alternatives are also part of this work. The documents are available for download here
Release: VoIP-4D Primer - Building Voice Infrastructure in Developing Regions
Published: 4 Dec 2006
Today IT +46 announces the release of a new guide to support the spread of low-cost communications in the poorest parts of the world. This free guide to Voice over IP, available in four major languages, is an effort to disseminate the use of telephony over the Internet in developing regions.
CWRC Training Workshop in Uganda
Published: 20 Nov 2006
A Training Workshop in building Community Wireless Networks was conducted by IT +46 in Kampala, Uganda the 6-17 of November.
The training targeted the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) staff, Telecentre staff, Makerere students from the electrical engineering program and local NGO's. The workshop, initially planned to be hosted at the Makerere University, attracted no less than 50 registered participants*.
Project: Community Wireless Resource Centre, Uganda
Published: 10 Jul 2006A Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) is being established under the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The general objective of the centre is to provide and enhance sustainable Internet connectivity infrastructure, particularly in rural or underserved areas in Uganda, by means of wireless technology.
IT +46 will support the Community Wireless Resource Centre with capacity building in terms of theoretical and practical training in the field of wireless technologies.
More information about the project can be found here.
Training material for "Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa"
Published: 10 Jul 2006A second release of the training materials that were developed as part of the "Capacity Building for Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa" has been published.
The materials are divided in 18 different units that covers topics from Wireless Standards and Radio Link Calculations to Access Point Configuration and Radio Link Simulations. The training materials have been used in four regional workshops in Africa during 2005-2006. In order to target various regions of Africa, all training materials have been translated from English to French and Arabic.
All materials, licensed under Creative Commons, are freely downloadable (see link below).
The "Capacity Building for Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa" initiative was funded by IDRC and coordinated by APC.
IT+46 releases native OpenOffice.org in NexentaOS
Published: 16 May 2006
Alberto Escudero announced the release and integration of a native OpenOffice.org 2.0 in NexentaOS (alpha5) on his blog on May 16.
NexentaOS is a complete GNU-based open source operating system built on top of the OpenSolaris kernel and runtime. The distribution uses SunOS kernel and a “rebuild/port” of most of the Ubuntu's userland packages. Yes!, Debian packaging system in a Open Solaris OS.
The goal of this effort is to compile OpenOffice.org in a OpenSolaris environment like NexentaOS and investigate what will take to rebuild the software using GCC. More info here
Winner of the Stockholm Challenge Awards 2006
Published: 12 May 2006The winners of each category in the Stockholm Challenge awards 2006 were announced during the prize celebrations in the Stockholm City Hall on May 11.
The Open Swahili Localization Project (aka Kilinux) was appointed as winner of the category Education with the following motivation:
"It supports the learning process for many people living in Central & Eastern Africa. People who were previously were forced to learn in a foreign language can now learn in their own language. It further opens up for the use of ICT and office software suites from K12 to higher education and the scientific community. It is a strongly innovative project, which uses Open Software to widen the knowledge and learning possibilities in a major African language and encourages the scientific community to engage in community development."
Kilinux nominated to the Stockholm Challenge Awards 2006
Published: 16 Apr 2006The Stockholm Challenge jury has nominated the Open Swahili Localization Project (aka Kilinux) as one of the finalists in the category Eduction in this year's Stockholm Challenge awards.
151 finalist project from no less than 53 countries have been nominated in the following six categories: Culture, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Public Administration.
The winner in each category will be announced during the prize celebrations in the Stockholm City Hall on May 11 2006.
IDLELO2: Achieving Millenium Development Goals through Community Software
Published: 13 Feb 2006The second IDLELO Conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) was held in Nairobi, Kenya the 23rd to 25th February 2006. The conference was organized by The Free Software & Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany and the eGovernment Directorate of Kenya.