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1st Workshop on Wireless Broadband Access for Communities and Rural Developing Regions
Dates Dec 11, 2008 (iCal) - Dec 12, 2008
Homepage: m4d.humanit.org/
Location: Karlstad, Sweden
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Important dates
Submissions: Oct 7, 2008
Notification: Oct 31, 2008
Camera ready due: Nov 15, 2008
Table of Contents

Broadband internet access is at present available only to a small portion of the world's population, and there is a significant penetration discrepancy not only between different countries but also between different regions and areas within a given country. In addition, there is a growing interest on the local community and municipal levels to get broadband wireless access, but the number of options regarding network and service providers, as well as price and usage plans, is severely limited. However, affordable broadband for all is a key requirement to bridge the digital divide and to bring sustainable development to rural and developing regions as well as to support communities and municipalities. Today, existing technologies and plans for broadband access fail to address key challenges in terms of cost, deployment, or power consumption in order to bring broadband internet access to sparsely populated rural areas or to the masses of developing countries. While the focus of the general M4D conference is on multi-disciplinary research addressing the social, political, cultural and educational barriers to bringing ICT into developing regions, this workshop focuses on the technical and economical aspects of enabling (broadband) wireless internet access for rural and developing areas, as well as supporting communities and municipalities. The goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners and to serve as a forum for presenting and discussing state of the art research, exchanging ideas and experiences, and facilitating interaction and collaboration. Therefore, we are encouraging contributions including but not limited to topics listed below:

  • Cost-effective Rural, Urban and Community Wireless and Mesh Networks
  • Long distance and low power wireless network deployments
  • Power-Efficient Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems
  • Opportunistic Communication Paradigms
  • Social Networks meet Wireless
  • Planning and Deployment of Community and Municipality Wireless Networks
  • Business Models and Economics of Community and Rural Wireless Networks
  • Applications and Services for Communities, Cross-layer design for localized communication
  • Case Studies and Testbeds

Submission Instructions

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit a PDF version of an extended abstract (maximum of 1000 words, in English) including figures, tables, and results that provides enough details to assess the contribution of the work. In addition to the paper submission, an abstract shall be submitted through the EDAS system using as the main conference M4D 2008 and selecting the WIRELESS4D workshop. You can use directly the SUBMIT PAPER link by no later than October 7th, 2008. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their paper at the workshop and register at regular registration rates as indicated by the main conference. Accepted contributions will be part of the M4D conference proceedings and published on this website after the conference.

EDAS link: http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=6821& Template: http://m4d.humanit.org/images/stories/doc/m4d_template.doc

Important dates

Abstract submission due: October 7th 2008 Acceptance Notification: October 31st, 2008 Camera ready manuscripts due: November 15, 2008 Workshop date: December 11-12, 2008

Workshop Chair

Andreas J. Kassler, Karlstad University, Sweden

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