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This book investigates how broadband internet can be provided to remote and isolated communities through the use of satellite and other enabling technologies, in the form of a self-contained broadband apparatus. It discusses how the proposed design can help bridge the digital divide by removing one of the main hurdles to adopting technologies: infrastructure. In turn, the book explores how the lack of infrastructure, especially with regard to connectivity and electricity, can be addressed by exploiting new technological advances in a number of fields, notably the newly proposed large broadband satellite constellations. In closing, it uses concrete examples to demonstrate the potential positive impacts of a “broadband ecosystem” on economics, governance and society, and on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Broadband Access for Remote Un-serviced Communities

Abstract
This chapter starts by exploring the various reasons why currently almost 50% of the global population has no access to broadband internet. The latter part of the chapter discusses some enabling technologies to address this issue.
Christoffel Kotze

Requirements Definition

Abstract
A typical requirement analysis will normally include some degree of user consultation, which is not the case in this project as the “opportunity” is based on observed trends, data and recommendations from institutions such as the ITU, UN, WEF and the World Bank Group.
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Conceptual Design

Abstract
“Humans have always been emotional and have always reacted to the artefacts in their world emotionally.”—Alan Cooper.
Christoffel Kotze

Detailed Design

Abstract
This chapter deals with the translation of the high-level conceptual design to a detailed design, implemented as hardware and software. We begin by defining the design statement for the product followed by a review of the available technology on the market looking at “tried and proven” but also focussing on the emerging technology. Secondly we define a high-level architecture to guide the process of developing a more granular functional perspective to produce the modular architecture. The chapter concludes with a check of the design against the constraints defined in Chap. 2 (non-functional requirements).
Christoffel Kotze

Impact

Abstract
The world is rapidly changing through the process commonly referred to as digital transformation. This process, formally defined as “The application of digital capabilities to processes, products, and assets to improve efficiency, enhance customer value, manage risk, and uncover new monetization opportunities”, is reshaping society.
Christoffel Kotze

Financing the Construction and Operation of the BARC

Abstract
Any system such as BARC needs to be funded in one way or the other to make it a reality. This section conducted a high-level investigation with regards to potential funding approaches for such a project.
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Conclusions and Further Work

Abstract
The aim of this study has been to answer this basic question: How can the “Last-Mile” challenge be addressed to supply broadband to underserviced communities by combining existing and emerging technology? In the process, a substantial body of multi-disciplinary technical literature was reviewed over a period of 2 years (with a special focus on recent publications) in order to create a forward-thinking body of knowledge.
Christoffel Kotze

Backmatter

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