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Rural internet market penetration through super Wi-Fi technology

Derashid, Chek and Mohamad Tahir, Hatim and Abd Malek, Mohd Fareq and A Rahim@ Samsuddin, Hasliza and Abu Seman, Mohamad Amir and Sheik Osman, Wan Rozaini and Husin, Rohani and Yaakob, Mazri (2013) Rural internet market penetration through super Wi-Fi technology. In: 1st National Conference on Knowledge Transfer (KTP 01), August 21-23, 2013, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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In early 2013, household broadband penetration in Malaysia has exceeded 66.7 per cent. However, the digital gap between urban and rural areas still exists.The rural communities still facing some issue in internet connectivity since many internet providers have less motivation to invest their resources in such areas.This project is undertaken with two objectives. First, to provide internet access to rural community with reasonable cost through the implementation of "Super Wi-Fi" technology. Second, to develop interactive internet local contents using Content Management System that can be utilised among rural folks.Two rural areas were selected as testing grounds, Bandar Baru Beris Jaya, Sik, Kedah and Kampung Oran, Mata Air, Perlis.Using existing infrastructure, the Streamyx, a high power modem antenna that called "Super Wifi" assist Streamyx to increase the coverage of current Wi-Fi signals being developed. The coverage of existing Wi-Fi signal is quite limited and can only be accessed for those who stay nearby.While waiting for the antenna to be ready for implementation, the high power antenna available in the market is used. Those who are stay within the coverage areas may enjoy the internet access.The internet is connected through one access point whereby users are required to login using pin number given to them free of charge during the trial period.Local contents, mostly focusing on educational materials, are developed based on input given by the people in the selected areas and keep all the information in their portal.We received positive feedback from the villagers because they are now having opportunity to enjoy the internet access which is not available previously.They really appreciate the knowledge portal since all the information reflects their needs .The same technology and method can also be applied to other rural areas in order to offer an equal opportunity to rural folks to enjoy the internet access with reasonable cost.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Super Wi-Fi, Rural connectivity, Internet access, Local contents
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Institute for Management and Business Research (IMBRe)
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Chek Derashid
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2014 06:21
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2020 08:25

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