PHASES – Wireless for Communities


Chanderi Wireless Community (2010-2011)

  • Developed and set up of a model wireless community network
  • Provided smooth network connectivity in the town for better access
  • Enhanced Internet connectivity at schools
  • Enabled easy accessibility of information available online
  • Created a positive environment for Internet access and use
  • Connected public institutions, such as panchayats and aanganwadis, to the Internet

Target locations

Chanderi – Madhya Pradesh

India Expansion Framework and South Asia Outreach (2011-2012)

  • Introducted of W4C in two South Asia countries through Training of Trainer programmes
  • Set up three wireless communities at three locations with deployment of wireless mesh network
  • Connected 10 CIRCs of Baan with Internet connectivity
  • Deployed 35 point-to-point nodes for a relay station that covering 10-35 kms
  • Reduced information darkness and digital divide through access to network and connectivity
  • Addressed the issues of content, skill and services gap

Target locations

Baran – Rajasthan
Tilonia – Rajasthn

Expansion of W4C (2012-2013)

  • Set up three wireless communities
  • Set up wireless network training and management centres at 3 locations
  • Conducted 18 capacity building and training programmes at 6 locations
  • Conducted 18 user community based workings at 6 locations
  • Trained more than 170 people in content aggregation and services
  • Organised one public engagement conference to build consensus for wireless communities

Target locations

Mandla – Madhya Pradesh
Nangaon – Tripura

Wireless Women for Education & Empowerment (2014-2015)

  • Promoted Internet-based social enterprises and entrepreneurship among women as change agents
  • Advocated Internet and ICT for gender inclusion as a tool for social and economic empowerment
  • Boosted traditional skills among women in cluster-based environments
  • Selected 40 women across 4 location in India to provide training and capacity building to run their micro enterprise
  • Helped women entrepreneurs reach market and sustainability
  • Supported the women’s micro enterprises with wireless Internet to allow them to serve citizens access to public schemes, information, ICT services, ICT vocational skills & other supporting activities

Target locations


Inter-Networking of Networks (2015-2016)

  • Created a wireless mesh network in three locations
  • Connected three separate community networks to each other through intranet to share local content with each other
  • To connect Baran from Guna, the project took backhaul connectivity from Guna to Umri (hopping station) to Bamori to Kurka to Nahargarh. This way, the project created three new hopping stations.
  • While connecting Guna to Shivpuri, the project connected Umri to Kuttiyawad to Dungasara to Badarwas to Lukwasa to Kolras. As a result, five new hopping stations have been established to connect Guna to Shivpuri.
  • Built technical capacity by training members of the local community in wireless networking
  • Leveraged backhaul Internet connectivity from one location to connect other locations

Target locations


Smart Village Programme (2016-2017)

  • Provided the basic infrastructure and Internet access to support the community
  • Set up a Digital Smart Village Resource Centre to understand and cater to the needs of the community
  • “Created a Digital Smart Village Wireless Network by utilising unlicensed spectrum”
  • Connected schools, health centres, SHGs and aanganwadi centres to the wireless network
  • Initiated the Digital Smart Village Skills Development Programme to improve the livelihood of village
  • “Integrated and customised the wireless network training programme to support digital literacy, tourism, handicraft and other local vocations”

Target locations

Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district of Telangana
Tham in Koderma district of Jharkhand

Zero Connect (2017-2018)

  • Brought broadband Internet connectivity from far flung locations to different parts of Little Rann of Kutch through the use of diverse wireless technologies, line of site and unlicensed spectrum
  • Introduced a mobile van equipped with laptops, tablets, an LCD screen, rooftop solar panels, backup batteries and an expandable tripod-based dish antenna to catch Internet connectivity from backhaul tower
  • Provided the Agariya community (salt farmers) of Little Rann of Kutch a digital medium to communicate within and outside their community
  • Connected as many as 17 Rann Shalas (or makeshift schools) to each other and with the Internet
  • Provided tablets to children to access edutainment content online or pre-stored on the device
  • Linked a health van run by nearest primary health centre to a district-level hospital to facilitate quality consultations via video calls
  • Digitally mapped all the houses of the so-far unsurveyed community
  • Established digital market linkages for the salt extracted in this region
  • Facilitated access to government services and citizen rights

Target locations

Little Rann of Kutch, Manish Rann, Kharagodah Rann, Patadi and Surendrangar – Gujarat

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