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Connecting the Unconnected

3.8 billion people live without access to the Internet (ITU: 2018), most of them in developing and least developed countries (Global South). High costs and extremely low-income potential for operators prevent the possibility of internet access to the local population. Internet access, however, is a basic right as well as a chance to overcome poverty. Since WiBACK enables the construction and maintenance of networks in areas with a shortage of technical expertise, the situation can change for the better. In this way, locals are empowered to obtain information, learn important professional skills, use new services, and improve their daily lives.

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Almost half the world lives without access to affordable broadband (2019), most of them in the Global South. High costs and extremely low-income potential for operators (ISP) prevent the possibility of Internet access for the local population, increasing the gap between urban and rural areas (Digital Divide).




Striking new chances

Internet and online resources provide a crucial way to gain new skills and improve one's education. It helps in finding jobs, developing important professional skills, and creating new business lines in the labor market while encouraging interaction with people and providing access to information and knowledge.

Connecting the Unconnected

WiBACK allows people with little IT knowledge to operate their own network. Due to its minimal maintenance, low cost and its adaptability to geographical conditions, locals in the Global South can connect people in remote locations to the Internet. 


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WiBACK established itself as an effective solution to provide fast, wireless Internet to rural areas and municipalities, shrinking the Digital Divide. If you are interested in using our technology for digitalization projects, contact us.

WiBACK offers an effective solution to a global issue

Most ISPs shy away from the challenges of expanding into rural areas 

Over the last decades, a functioning Internet connection has become an ever more indispensable instrument of communication and information. Yet, there are many rural areas worldwide entirely deprived of this fundamental human right. While this especially holds for places whose overall infrastructure is still in its infancy, many uncovered regions are within a reasonable distance of a reliable network infrastructure. To most ISPs, expanding their existing infrastructure into rural areas is not financially worthwhile due to their often thinly-spread population. Also, geographical barriers such as rivers, mountains, or valleys, pose significant obstacles for technology, which typically render such spatial extensions of the network unproductive. Consequently, ISPs focus on meeting the insatiable demand of increasingly growing bandwidth at the core of their infrastructure instead.

By not extending their networks into rural areas, ISPs are slowing down the global approach of connecting the unconnected and, even more so, disregard the undisputed benefits a reliable Internet connection could bring about for the affected peoples' lives.

WiBACK as an alternative to wired network solutions

WiBACK is a cost-efficiently technology to connect rural areas with limited or no Internet connection to remote network infrastructure. At the same time, it can cope with geographical disparities and exposure to harsh environmental conditions. By responding to those barriers with a tailored solution, WiBACK paves the way for ISPs and local technicians to extend networks to rural communities.

Network structure

Our approach mainly builds upon concatenated long-distance directional wireless links. By expanding the infrastructure with multiple edge nodes and user access points, local technicians or ISPs can connect locations far away from existing networks. The nodes can be implemented up to 20 kilometers apart originating from an existing network's stationary node or point of presence (POP) of a commercial service provider. Overall, a WiBACK network can cover a range of several hundred kilometers at data rates up to 200 Mbit/s (or higher using dedicated radio technologies) – all with low latencies similar to modern broadband Internet.


Affordable alternative to wired solutions

WiBACK strives to achieve a low OPEX/CAPEX-proposition to offer a cost-effective alternative to wired networks' construction. To decrease costs for the required poles, implementers of networks should consider landmarks or public buildings. WiBACK equipment is energy-saving; thus, network implementers can eliminate the need for a stable power grid at each location and use solar power. 

Non-expert setup

While implementers of networks need to adequately plan the setup of a directional link, they can often do it remotely. This planning includes ensuring an unobstructed line-of-sight (LOS) and correct spacing between two nodes and legal as well as regulatory compliance of admissible radio frequencies. Thus, they can reduce on-site tasks to solely the mounting of physical components.

Independent and sustainable maintenance and operation

WiBACK features plug-and-play functionality, auto-configuration, self-management, a non-expert setup and operation, allowing everyone to set-up a cost-effective, high-quality (carrier-grade) network. Its easy operating and maintaining features make it possible to build and sustain networks in areas where almost no one possesses engineering expertise.

Successful in use in developing and emerging countries

So far, WiBACK technology has been successfully deployed in various countries worldwide. It established itself as an effective solution to provide fast, wireless Internet to rural areas and municipalities. Thereby WiBACK actively contributes to remedy the existing inequalities imposed by the Digital Divide. 

  • Internet: Basic need of the 21st century

    In this day and age, it is impossible to imagine life without the Internet, as it has pervaded countless areas of our lives; modern workplaces, education, science, the media, politics, and administrative services are increasingly shifting to the digital realm. Many services are no longer possible without Internet access. Whether home office, online banking, job offers, or just booking appointments with the authorities, the Internet has become a prerequisite for shaping everyday life and future developments in our modern world. However, not everyone can enjoy the benefits of the Internet. The Global South in particular is excluded from development. The population is thus restricted in their daily lives and dependent on others.

    Offering services instead of just receiving them 

    In most of the Global South, mobile services are currently the primary means for the population to connect to the Internet. With mobile Internet, locals are able to use services of the Internet to a limited extent. However, mobile Internet users face the consequences of capacity constraints, small screens, high prices per unit, fluctuations in their connection as well as limitations in usage options. Mobile communication forms a valuable milestone in connecting the unconnected, but to fully benefit from the Internet, broadband connectivity is necessary. Unlike mobile services, broadband is often offered on an unlimited basis. Therefore, it enables a wide range of services, especially the ability to not only receive services but also to provide offers. 

    Boosting economic and knowledge

    The Internet paves the way to live out essential needs of modern life. It enables people to inform themselves, to express their opinions, and to share knowledge and their own experiences. It brings the world closer together, and enables people to contact and network across borders, organize meetings, and stay in touch via Skype, Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks. In addition to interpersonal closeness, new business areas are emerging that boost the economy and give new prospects to people in developing or emerging countries.

  • Internet access as an opportunity for the Global South and emerging countries

    The vast majority of people in the Global South, especially in rural areas, usually do not have access to the Internet. As a result, they are restricted in their everyday life. Going to the bank to make simple wire transfers is already a challenge in daily life for people who do not have a bank within reach and who lack access to public transport. Broadband connections would save people the miles and miles of travel in sun and sand. They would be able to stay at home and perform the transactions online.  

    Even though this example only touches a small part of the possibilities Internet access can have for people in rural areas, it shows how much Internet access can improve their daily lives. That said, Internet access benefits are not limited to the financial sector and saving a tedious trip to the bank. It also improves education, health, and agriculture. 

    Market price security for farmers 

    In agriculture, access to market information would enable farmers to ensure that they are not taken in by unscrupulous traders or offer their catch in the port to obtain the best prices. At the same time, it gives them a certain degree of security and encourages farmers to sell their surplus harvest. 

    Improve school education 

    In education, schools, among others, tremendously benefit from Internet access. The Internet could provide teaching materials and improve school education. Teachers could guide students in the use of search engines, allowing students to inform themselves broaden their horizons, and acquire skills and competences, helping them to grow personally and professionally. 

    Open up new possibilities 

    Broadband Internet access is becoming a crucial technology that promises to boost economic growth and lift people out of poverty by creating new businesses and jobs. It also enhances the situation in the areas of health, nutrition, and education. Broadband technologies are therefore considered to be central to sustainable development. Broadband access paves the way for services such as eHealth, eGovernment, eCommerce, or eLearning.  

    Lack of sustainable and situationally appropriate solutions

    Although some efforts to establish Internet access via broadband connections have been successful, in most cases, they have failed due to the high costs of satellite connections and fiber cables as well as the lack of ICT-skills. In addition, the population's lack of awareness of the direct advantages of internet access for them forms an obstacle. 

  • Cost-efficient alternative to wired networks

    WiBACK takes up this challenge and provides a cost-effective solution with interlinked wireless long-distance directional connections, which stands out from other alternative wired networks' construction due to its low operation and investment costs. Our approach is mainly based on concatenated directional wireless links over long distances, which stand at distances of up to 20 km per hop, providing connectivity to fixed and reliable network infrastructure. A commercial service provider can deploy these fixed edge nodes. 

    Thus, operators can connect far-flung villages to existing networks using many distant edge nodes and user access points. WiBACK can be used as an expanded network -solution or as last-mile solution connecting rural areas to available networks. In total, a WiBACK network can extend a range of several hundred kilometers starting from the fixed edge node. It provides a data rate of up to 200 Mbit/s with low latency, similar to modern broadband Internet.

    Non-expert setup

    Likewise, the networks can be planned and built independently by residents. Planning is the bulk of network deployment work, but network planners can also do it remotely. It includes ensuring an unobstructed line of sight (LOS) and the correct distance between two nodes, as well as legal and regulatory compliance with regard to the permitted radio frequencies. The actual construction of the network nodes is reduced to mounting the WiBACK nodes' and controllers on poles or other holding devices on site. To decrease costs for the required poles, network implementers should consider landmarks or public buildings. A WiBACK node including antennas weighs less than five kilograms.

    WiBACK: service beyond SMS and M-Pesa

    WiBACK takes the existing mobile Internet to the next level. As a wireless broadband connection, WiBACK empowers locals to use and offer services such as accessing and creating websites to showcase service offerings, writing e-mails, chatting via social media, or exchanging large amounts of data such as videos or documents. Even systems such as a patient data management system in the medical field or online shops are no longer out of reach. WiBACK expands the opportunities and lays the foundation for future developments.

  • Sustainable and situation-adapted for the Global South

    Sustainable technologies are needed to help the Global South benefit from telecommunication networks and the Internet access that comes with them. For this, local companies or municipalities must be capable to independently operate and maintain the established network after the funding ends. We designed WiBACK to give people this ability. WiBACK requires very little maintenance, and even the little required can be performed by trained personnel on-site. WiBACK's plug-and-play functionality, auto-configuration, and self-management allow local non-experts to operate and maintain their own network. If a WiBACK node fails, the software automatically redirects the connection so that the failure does not affect Internet usage. All the local staff or local technicians have to do is to exchange the failed node and repair it later on. Since WiBACK's hardware consists of modular components, local staff or local technicians should be able to assemble, install and maintain the network. The built-in components should be readily available. Repairs are therefore relatively simple and cost-effective.  

    Independent of local power sources

    In addition to running the network independently, reliable power sources are often a crucial when setting up a network in remote areas. WiBACK counteracts this with an independent power source using solar energy.  

    WiBACK offers people living in the least developed or emerging countries the chance to implement and sustain their own network. It can be used in various deployment scenarios, from "last mile" solutions to area-wide coverage.  

WiBACK in emerging countries

In the many years of development and advancement of WiBACK, different initiatives, promotional programs, and other collaborations implemented many prototypes in various regions and established networks worldwide. WiBACK has successfully provided reliable Internet access to locations in numerous countries on all continents. Below you will find some active deployment models to give you a better understanding of how easily local staff or local technicians could implement, maintain and operate WiBACK even without IT expertise and what achievements they realized for the population. 



Through WiBACK, the SV4D initiative provided educational institutions with a sustainable ICT infrastructure. As a result, exchange of e-books, access to instructional videos, presentation of different teaching styles were made possible.



To make its e-learning platform accessible to remote schools, BlazingSoft relied upon WiBACK to extend the network from the city center into the remote outskirts.



In Bunda, the rural municipality used WiBACK to provide affordable Internet access, which enabled them to connect to and support the private and public sectors.

Flexible deployments

One of WiBACK's unique traits is its ability to support various (as needed) network types, allowing operators to adapt and extend communication to required locations.

Permanent networks:

  • connect buildings/people permanently to the communication infrastructure.

Short-term networks:

  • are suitable for short-time-projects at a location such as construction projects or events

Ad-hoc networks:

  • are useful if you spontaneously need an Internet connection. E.g. aid projects in which helpers travel a lot and exchange large amounts of data.