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Re: Wireless broadband is key to the UN's goal of connecting 85 per cent of world's villages by 2015

  • Subject: Re: Wireless broadband is key to the UN's goal of connecting 85 per cent of world's villages by 2015
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 19:58:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Lobo ] on Sunday 26 March 2006 17:43 \__

> On Sat, 25 Mar 2006 06:24:21 +0000, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>__/ [ Lobo ] on Saturday 25 March 2006 05:17 \__
>>> On Sat, 25 Mar 2006 04:53:01 +0100, rgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Roy Culley)
>>> wrote:
>>>>begin  risky.vbs
>>>>Lobo <not@xxxxxxxx> writes:
>>>>> http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/TechGovernment/News.asp?id=38849
>>>>> ...
>>>>> Wireless broadband is primed for takeoff, particularly in the Middle
>>>>> East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Even here in
>>>>> Canada, the Alberta Special Areas Board (SAB) is rolling out a
>>>>> broadband wireless network based on the WiMAX standard to rural
>>>>> residents in southeastern Alberta, covering an area of 21,000 square
>>>>> kilometres.  The network, which is being developed by Nortel and
>>>>> Netago Wireless, will be available to 80 per cent of SAB residents
>>>>> by the end of this summer.
>>>>> ...
>>>>Wireless networking is going to be a major boon in developing
>>>>countries which don't have an existing landline infrastructure.
>>>>I remember a story a few years ago where Poland were investing heavily
>>>>in their landline infrastructure. They would lay the cables during the
>>>>day and at night others would steal them to sell the copper. :-)
>>> Hehehe.... probably the same guys....
>>I have been reading about deployment of Open Source Wi-Fi solutions
>>recently, but have not posted them here. It is yet another sector where
>>Open Source can cut the costs and deliver good QoS. As a side note, Cisco
>>may /already/ face a real threat due to Open Source. This was discussed
>>before. Ultimately, all communication (including VoIP, IM, IPTV) will be
>>openly understood rather than vendor-inclined.
>>Best wishes,
> There is movement afoot in Canada and in other nations around the
> world to consider internet access a basic human right and as such it
> should be available to all like health care and education is here in
> Canada.

I fail to recall which city it was in Canada, that recently announced a plan
to offer region-wide wireless access. I tried searching the Web, but all I
could come up with was this:


London has made similar statements or outlined clear plans. Here in
Manchester, it's in the working:


I have been part of the mailing list for quite some time. It's mainly Linux
folks who intend to use arrays of low-end, legacy hardware to offer
affordable connectivity city-wide.

Best wishes,


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