Sample projects and services to provide content to devices in low or no-bandwidth areas
an email solution that works via HF Radio anywhere in Africa.
a GeekCorps project in Mali to stream video via wifi from radio stations to televisions with special receivers / antennas built using locally-available parts
- Computer On A Stick (COS)
commercially available, bootable portable USB drive running its own operating system and various office and Internet applications.
- e-Granary Digital Library
provides millions of digital educational resources to educational institutions in Africa by downloading them to hard drives and then installing the hard drives on local area networks.
- Freedom Toaster
conveniently located, self-contained, computer-based, 'Bring 'n Burn' kiosks, preloaded to dispense free digital products, including software, photography, music and literature.
an example of 'minimally invasive education', where computer kiosks are places in villages and slum areas, providing unrestricted computer access to children in an open playground setting.
- Internet Village Motoman
connects small villages in rural Cambodia to the Internet and e-mail communications through motorcycles, which regularly visit and connect to school servers via wi-fi to upload/download Internet materials. The United Villages initiative extends this concept, offering 'drive by wi-fi' through 'DakNet', where buses fitted out with short-range Wi-Fi antennas pass through villages in India, automatically picking up stored emails and voice messages as they go, relaying messages once they reach cities with connectivity.
a service that simplifies web pages, in order to make them download faster over slow Internet connections
Brazilian initiative to use a CD-R disc with a live Linux distribution capable of saving the user's files to be accessed using publicly available "terminals"
- Whizzy Digital Courier
a project in South Africa to distribute useful data (primarily e-mail, but also cached web content ) to places with no Internet connection via overnight dialup, taking advantage of special calling rates or USB memory stick.
Related briefing sheets:
- Quick guide to low-cost computing devices and initiatives for the developing world
- Quick guide to prominent initiatives promoting the development of low-cost computing devices for developing countries
- Quick guide to government-sponsored "Cheap PC" Programs
infoDev. 2006. Quick guide to some alternative models to provide connectivity in low- and no-bandwidth environments. An infoDev briefing sheet. Washington, DC: infoDev / World Bank.