Rethinking Wireless for the Developing World

Lakshminarayan Subramanian, Sonesh Surana, Rabin Patra, Sergiu Nedevschi, Melissa Ho, Eric Brewer, Anmol Sheth

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Many rural regions in developing and developed countries with low user densities do not have good connectivity solutions. To date, networking research has largely focused on urban areas of the industrialized world. In this paper, we make the case for research on new appropriate wireless technologies that can provide low-cost, rapidly deployable connectivity solutions for low user-density regions. To this end, we compare and contrast the connectivity requirements that arise in the two domains and pinpoint the new research challenges that arise in low user-density environments. We describe our research efforts in this space and also share our initial experiences in deploying low-cost WiFi-based Long Distance (WiLD) networks in India, Ghana and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2006
Event5th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2006 - Irvine, United States
Duration: Nov 29 2006Nov 30 2006


Conference5th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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