A Broadband Apparatus for Underserviced Remote Communities

Connecting the Unconnected

  • Christoffel Kotze

Part of the Southern Space Studies book series (SOSPST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  3. Christoffel Kotze
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  4. Christoffel Kotze
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 107-124

About this book


This book investigates how broadband internet can be provided to remote and isolated communities through the use of satellite and other enabling technologies, in the form of a self-contained broadband apparatus. It discusses how the proposed design can help bridge the digital divide by removing one of the main hurdles to adopting technologies: infrastructure. In turn, the book explores how the lack of infrastructure, especially with regard to connectivity and electricity, can be addressed by exploiting new technological advances in a number of fields, notably the newly proposed large broadband satellite constellations. In closing, it uses concrete examples to demonstrate the potential positive impacts of a “broadband ecosystem” on economics, governance and society, and on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


broadband satellite communication digital devide last-mile problem satellite mega constellations

Authors and affiliations

  • Christoffel Kotze
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  1. 1.NOEZ Consulting & DesignYzerfonteinSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-15765-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-15766-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-3718
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-3726
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