Comm4Dev: Communication Infrastructure for Development

  • António Sousa
  • Carlos Resende
  • André Pereira
  • Waldir MoreiraEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 275)


One of the main reasons for the still observed digital divide is the lack of communication infrastructure in regions away from urban centres. As these regions are normally spread over long distances and have small populations (i.e., prospective users), operators see little business opportunities and refrain from large investments to reach these areas. Upon this scenario, our Communication Infrastructure for Development (Comm4Dev) solution was built to offer a low-cost backhaul infrastructure, providing these underserved communities with broadband access. As to allow a wider range of application scenarios (e.g., precision agriculture, industrial production support), our Comm4Dev solution has been updated not only to further promote digital inclusion, but also to allow the development of communities that are in remote areas. To illustrate the potential of our Comm4Dev solution, we validated it in an indoor hydroponic farming testbed.


Broadband access Low-cost backhaul infrastructure Communication for development Digital inclusion 



The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support obtained from North Portugal Region Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), Portugal 2020 and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from European Union through the project Symbiotic technology for societal efficiency gains: Deus ex Machina (DEM), NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000026, and project Collective Transfer FhP, NORTE-01-0246-FEDER-000029.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • António Sousa
    • 1
  • Carlos Resende
    • 1
  • André Pereira
    • 1
  • Waldir Moreira
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Portugal AICOSPortoPortugal

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