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Sengerema Shared Mesh Network – Tanzania’s first of a kind

Posted on | March 13, 2009 | No Comments

This project is already a bit older – it was implemented in October 2008.

But on the occasion of presenting it at the ICTP Wireless School, and because i feel honoured to have been able to be part of it –

here s a presentation of it –

pictures mostly, but with many links for further reading.

And in case you are interested, or would like a higher resolution version of this file, just mail me at sebastian_at_wire.less.dk.


Here’s a few more links for further reading:

In one of the URLs cited, Miep Lenoir (IICD) writes:

Tanzania Telecentre Network (TTN) builds a wireless internet network in Sengerema. It is the first wireless community network in Tanzania, making internet available and affordable to a large number of people living in rural areas.

In the first phase, the wireless network connects six community organisations to the internet. In phase 2 and 3, it aims to connect all wards in Sengerema District. The community network will be officially launched on the 26 October at Sengerema Telecentre Mwanza Tanzania.

The first phase of the wireless network is built during a workshop from 20th – 25th October, 2008 at Sengerema Telecentre Mwanza Tanzania. The Workshop is being organized by TTN with support from IICD (International Institute for Communication and Development). The Tanzania Telecentre Network was established in 2007 by several telecentre managers for the purpose of creating a platform that facilitates knowledge sharing and capacity building on relevant content, technical skills and sustainability of telecentres. An important variable in a sustainable business model for telecentres are the costs for internet connectivity. For this purpose TTN had decided to pilot with a business model in which the costs for internet connectivity are shared with several stakeholders in the community by a wireless network.”


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