Wireless Mesh Networks for Infrastructure Deficient Areas

  • Roman Seibel
  • Nils-Hendrik Klann
  • Tim Waage
  • Dieter Hogrefe
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 327)


Provision of internet access in infrastructure deficient areas is expected to bring profound economic and humanitarian benefit to developing countries. Notwithstanding, achieving this goal poses an economic and technical challenge. Due to technological and economical reasons cellular networks are regarded to be unable to deliver affordable distribution in the short term. Instead 802.11s wireless mesh networking standard is identified to be a more viable and affordable partial solution to deliver broadband internet in the periphery of developing countries. A general focus is the individual incentive to participate in a mesh network rather than reliance on organisational bodies. This paper designs an architecture and business model for a low cost, low range distribution of internet access. The technical architecture is evaluated using simulation and is found to be viable, but demands optimisation.


developing ICT cellular 802.11s mesh business model revenue sharing simulation capacity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roman Seibel
    • 1
  • Nils-Hendrik Klann
    • 1
  • Tim Waage
    • 1
  • Dieter Hogrefe
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science Institute & Faculty of EconomicsGeorg August University of GöttingenGermany

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