Wireless Network Architecture Proposal

Published 13 Apr 2006 by Alberto Escudero-Pascual

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Network Layout (NET13)

This technical report commisioned by IDRC is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Sweden Licence.

Kafanchan, located 100 km Northeast of Abuja (Nigeria), is a poorly connected area in terms of fix telephony and Internet. Today, no fix telephony is available and GSM just arrived in 2005. Fantsuam Foundation is the only Internet Service Provider in the area by means of a VSAT satellite link.

This technical report proposes a method to improve access to communications in Kafanchan by implementing a community wireless network. The network will provide Intranet and Internet access to a set of identified local partners. The community network will mainly be formed by community-based organizations such as educational institutions, faith-based institutions and health services.

The wireless infrastructure is composed by a central tower at Fantsuam Foundation premises and the deployment of a wide wireless outdoor network (NET13) consisting of 11 backhaul links connecting 13 partners.

Keyword(s): Africa, Low Cost Internet Access, Rural Development, VSAT, VoIP, Wi-Fi, Wireless,