Networking in Rural Environments: Benefits, Feasibilities, and Requirements

Yang Li
H Anthony Chan
Johnson I Agbinya


Building networks in rural areas is difficult because
of the tough rural environments and low return to the service
operators on investment.
Rural networking and their applications in education, health,
community development, and business development are essential
to the daily life for both inhabitants and visitors. They further
bring opportunities in job and business which play a key role in
developing most underdeveloped rural areas. Moreover, rural
communication will grow with the initial investment in rural
networking. It will become the major communication market and
generate large profits to service operators and equipment
Wireless networking is generally considered a solution to these
difficulties in rural conditions. Compared with the wireline
construction, setting up wireless networks is faster, more flexible,
and less expensive. In addition, many new and advanced wireless
technologies have enabled universal communication to rural and
remote areas in a profitable manner. Yet special technological
requirements need to be met for wireless networking to become
feasible in rural areas.


Rural areas, communication system planning, network planning, social benefits

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