How Can We Accomplish This?

With the support of Small and larger corporations, NGO’s, Support groups and individual sponsorships, LFA partners will develop Municipal wireless networks throughout Africa. Municipal wireless network (Municipal Wi-Fi, Muni Wi-Fi or Muni-Fi) is the concept of turning an entire city into a Wireless Access Zone (WAZ), with the ultimate goal of making wireless access to the Internet a universal service just like television. This is usually done by providing municipal broadband via Wi-Fi to large parts or all of a municipal area by deploying a wireless mesh network. The typical deployment design uses hundreds of routers deployed outdoors, often on utility poles. Where Municipal Wireless Networks are not possible, we will deploy Wireless community networks or wireless community projects. This is a grassroot approach to providing a viable alternative to municipal wireless networks for users. Because of evolving technology and locales, there are at least four different types of solution:
  • Cluster: Advocacy groups which simply encourage sharing of unmetered internet bandwidth via Wi-Fi, may also index nodes, suggest uniform SSID (for low-quality roaming), supply equipment, dns services, etc.
  • Mesh: Technology groups which coordinate building a mesh network to provide Wi-Fi access to the internet
  • WISP: A mesh that forwards all traffic back to consolidated link aggregation point(s) that have centralized access to the internet
  • WUG: A wireless user group run by wireless enthusiasts. An open network not used for the reselling of internet. Running a combination of various off the shelf WIFI hardware running in the license free ISM bands 2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz

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