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Sustainable green broadband solutions for bridging the digital divide in Africa: A technical survey of feasible and affordable broadband solutions for rural Africa

S. Mangeni, Hassan Hamdounm, K. Ennser, Y.K Dwivedi, J. Mubiru, Karin Ennser

IEEE Africon, Pages: 1 - 5

Swansea University Author: Karin Ennser

DOI (Published version): 10.1109/AFRCON.2013.6757777

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The opportunities for green communications in Africa are many. In a consortium of academics and researchers from UK and African Universities, the authors diligently take advantage of the abundant sun, and natural African environment to present potential, practical and feasible green solutions to ena...

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Published in: IEEE Africon
Published: Africa IEEE 2013
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa28894
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Abstract: The opportunities for green communications in Africa are many. In a consortium of academics and researchers from UK and African Universities, the authors diligently take advantage of the abundant sun, and natural African environment to present potential, practical and feasible green solutions to enable rural communications in Africa. This will empower both urban and rural communities to access affordable unlimited broadband services and applications. This research study contributes significantly to bridging the `digital divide' while reducing the carbon footprint (CO2 emissions) by the communications sector as a whole. Through appropriate understanding of broadband access technologies, energy requirements, carbon footprint, current demand and projected growth in the target areas, this research establishes a match for these requirements. Studies reveal the ability of the maturing solar power technology to meet this need and demand in Africa. Further still, this research compares power consumption of current optical broadband access network technologies. This enables us to design off-the-shelf affordable broadband access solutions to address this gap. One further great challenge to be addressed by this research is enabling communication infrastructural presence in communities without electricity, which is a common phenomenon in many areas in Sub Saharan Africa.
Keywords: access network, digital divide, power consumption, solar energy
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
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End Page: 5