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Advances in wireless community networks with the community-lab testbed

: Navarro, L.; Vinas, R.B.; Barz, C.; Bonicioli, J.; Braem, B.; Freitag, F.; Vilata-I-Balaguer, I.


IEEE Communications Magazine 54 (2016), No.7, pp.20-27
ISSN: 0163-6804
Journal Article
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

Beyond traditional telecom providers, citizens and organizations pool their own resources and coordinate in order to build local network infrastructures to address the digital divide in many parts of the world. These crowdsourced network infrastructures can be self-organized and shared by a community for the collective benefit of its members. Several of these networks have developed open, free, and neutral agreements, and are governed as a common-pool resource: community networks. These are built using a variety of commodity wireless hardware (e.g., Wi-Fi long-range point-to-point links, Wi-Fi and GSM access points, and mesh networks), sometimes optical fiber links, heterogeneous nodes, routing protocols, and applications.