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The Affordable Wireless Connectivity Project for Rural Community Bario, Kelabit Highland.

The Affordable Long Range Wireless Connectivity project aims to extend the coverage of rural telecentre implemented in remote rural areas where there is zero telecommunication infrastructure available.

This research works's main objectives are as follows:

  • To reach out, maximize and extend network connectivity and coverage of the existing eBario telecentre into nearby villages of up to 10km away

  • To design affordable rural-proof wireless relay technology that is power self-sufficient, ease of transportation and deploy-able by the locals.

  • To create greater impact of a single VSAT Internet gateway investment by enabling larger Internet coverage penetration limited by geographical distance.

The following are some photo sharing related to this research works since year 2009.

Long Range Wireless Deployment

19 April, 2009 - 20 April 2009

The first wireless feasibility study for the project. Assisted by Lau Sei Ping, Nancy Bundan, and Elly Soo.

The first wireless feasibility study for the project.

Assisted by Dr. Lau Sei Ping, Nancy Bundan, and Elly Soo.

The first off-telecentre Internet connectivity testing in Bario.

Reaching Labang Longhouse 1km away from eBario telecenter.

Picture with the local technical support, James Tarawe,

marking the success of the pilot connectivity testing.

Some connectivity testing at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology on 27 July, 2009.

Long range wireless distance benchmark testing at the top of Water Tower of Unimas

on 3 September 2010. A 10km connection has been tested.

Long Range Wireless Deployment

2 August, 2009 - 4 August 2009

Pilot deployment by Tan Chong Eng, Lau Sei Ping, Teoch Chu Chong,

Cheung Kian Kok, Tai Wai Yee, Lim Shia Yok, and Elise Wong.

On the Roof.

Research teams worked with the locals during the deployment.

Deployment of the first relay station on a hut on top of a hill.

The very first version of rough relay station house in a wooden box.

The solar panel supported by small wood branches taken from the jungle.

The first local users of wireless system for Internet.

3km, 2 hops wireless signal path.

Group photo with the local user, Stephen Baya and Tina

Extending Network to Other Village

24 Jaunuary 2010 - 26 Jaunuary 2010

25 January 2010, Extending network coverage to other villages.