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A Decision Framework for Choosing Telecommunication Technologies in Limited-Resource Settings

Department of Technology and Society, SUNY Korea, Incheon 21985, Korea
Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, CO 80309-0425, USA
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Future Internet 2018, 10(1), 8;
Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 21 December 2017 / Accepted: 10 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Inequality in the Digital Environment 2017)
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Remote areas with sparse population, disaster areas in the aftermath, and refugee camps all require communication that is not forthcoming from commercial vendors. Numerous communication system options are available, but with widely varying cost and efficacy. The goal of this work is to discuss a framework in which to consider appropriate telecommunications technology. The framework approaches sustainable development as a business, under the assumption that social/technical/environmental sustainability requires economic sustainability. The framework incorporates well known and accepted business canvas as a roadmap. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions are then considered in terms of their value proposition, markets, and perhaps most important for the realm of sustainable development, the key partners. To illustrate how the framework applies, we consider three case studies and then apply the resultant principles to the consideration of these ICT projects. The case studies are chosen for their diversity. Furthermore, after verifying the decision framework, recommendations are made for three ongoing intervention projects in limited-resource settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: long distance Wi-Fi; TVWS; limited-resource settings; business canvas long distance Wi-Fi; TVWS; limited-resource settings; business canvas

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