Because of the pandemic, India has been under lockdown since March. What does this mean for rural communities, only 20% of whom have access to the internet? Community networks established by organisations like Digital Empowerment Foundation are bringing critical services to 100 villages of India.
The Centre for Youth and Development (CYD) is working with the community of Mzuzu, in northern Malawi, to build a low-cost wireless wide area network architecture for providing access to local digital resources and services and later to the internet.
The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the various technical and operational strategies adopted.