Phase II

Project India Expansion Framework & South Asia Outreach
Programme Wireless For Communities (W4C) – Phase II
Period 2011-2012
Objective
  • To extend the success of the Chanderi Phase I project in 3 new locations in India with network deployment;
  • To introduce the W4C programme in South Asia with ToT programme;
  • To address network connectivity and access deficits enabling reduction of information and digital divide
Targets
  • To create 3 wireless communities in 3 locations in 3 States in India – Tura (Meghalaya); Baran & Tilonia (Rajasthan)- with deployment of wireless mesh network;
  • Deploy only ‘Training of Trainer’ (ToT) programme in 2 South Asian countries (Bangladesh and Bhutan).
Outcome
  • Connect cluster based communities with connectivity and access;
  • To provide channels for information and content access;
  • To facilitate service delivery in education, health and livelihood;
  • To propel knowledge accumulation and contribute to building knowledge communities.
  • Expansion of W4C programme in rural regions of India;
  • Expansion of W4C programme in South Asian countries;
  • Provide technical guidance on information and communication networks, and data and content management to local communities
  • Organize conclave/summit to discuss best practices, lessons learnt, and discussing issues from both a technical and policy perspective;
  • Initiating advocacy with the relevant public and private partners to propagate and adopt wireless technology as an unconventional solution to connect rural remote areas and communities with broadband connectivity and services on it.
  • The project expanded to three other locations – Tura, Baran, &Tilonia
  • Provided internet facility and connected 10 CIRC centers of Baran. Deployed 35 point-to-point nodes for a relay station that covers maximum 35 kms and minimum 10 kms;
  • Addressed issue of content, skill and services gap that obstructs local economy and pulls back social indicators;
  • Provided Training of Trainers (ToT) in South Asian countries – Bhutan & Bangladesh
  • Initiated advocacy with the relevant public and private partners to propagate and adopt wireless technology as an unconventional solution to connect rural remote areas and communities with broadband connectivity and services on it.
  • The network provides wireless connectivity at 7 night schools-cum-libraries and 8 cluster centers (each cluster center covers 8-10 villages). Thus, these centers cover in-total around 95 villages of the district.
  • Connected cluster based communities with connectivity and access;
  • Provided channels for information and content access;
  • Facilitated service delivery in education, health and livelihood;
  • Propelled knowledge accumulation and contribute to building knowledge communities.