Computing for rural empowerment: Enabled by last-mile telecommunications

Somen Nandi, Saigopal Thota, Avishek Nag, Sw Divyasukhananda, Partha Goswami, Ashwin Aravindakshan, Raymond Rodriguez, Biswanath Mukherjee

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Increasing economic and educational exposure, and promotion of global health and wellness can be achieved through the power of sharing knowledge, technology, and resources. ICT can play a key role in disseminating such knowledge across the world. But a digital divide exists between urban and rural/remote areas, which results in economic and social disparities across regions. Developing last-mile telecommunication technologies for rural/remote areas is a crucial aspect in providing computing and ICT services that can integrate millions of stakeholders in rural/remote areas globally into the digital age, particularly with the advent of cloud computing. This article focuses on the different aspects of providing last-mile rural telecommunication access such as interfering factors, technology options, and deployment trends. This article aims to guide service providers, industry practitioners, and local entrepreneurs with a technology-and-deployment-trend analysis to choose, deploy, and operate suitable telecommunication networks depending on the unique features of the rural/remote area. Our goal is to bring attention to accessible and affordable technologies with practical considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7498095
Pages (from-to)102-109
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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