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.
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.
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.