Tag: digital inclusion

“5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion” at IEEE COMSNETS 2018

Colleagues and I wrote a paper “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion” the 10th IEEE COMSNETS – International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, this January in Bengaluru, India. We focused on the societal challenges related to Digital Inclusion. Paper revisits the 5G mobile communication objectives, and adds the demand for 5G network slicing providing free access to information for all. We introduce the Internet light concept of free provision of information in developing economies. In order to ensure net-neutrality, our approch of Internet light provides content type filtering, with free access to text, pictures and local video, and paid access to video, voice, games and other streaming content.

From 1G to 5G mobile network development

The paper suggests that Internet light for all supports sustainable business operation, as only only 2-2.5% of the available bandwidth is used for free access to information, while more than 97% of the bandwidth are available for commercial business operation. Given the societal advances in digital literacy, digital inclusion and the participation in the digital society, Internet light is seen as the enabler to connect the unconnected 3.5 billion people on the planet and to become the catalyst for the Sustainable Developmetn Goals (SDGs).

You can read the paper here.

The reference: Josef Noll, Sudhir Dixit, Danica Radovanovic, Maghsoud Morshedi, Christine Holst, Andrea S. Winkler, “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion“, IEEE COMSNETS 2018, Jan 2018, Bangalore, India

free access to basic information & internet for all!

basicInternetFor those not familiar yet, this summer I started to work for the Basic Internet Foundation, based in Norway. Foundation is an organisation that aims at optimised content delivery on capacity-limited networks, and offers free access to low capacity Internet as a carrier of digital content to people in areas with low admission and / or no Internet coverage. Also, it assists organisations and companies to adapt and disseminate information for the affected recipients should be able to help themselves. Assistance may include educational systems, healthcare, agriculture information, innovation, research and development, banking or other services that contribute to increased welfare and value creation to benefit the population in the respective areas.

The Foundation was established in December 2014 as a collaboration between The University Graduate Centre (UNIK) and Kjeller Innovasjon AS. The impact of Basic Internet for the Digital Society is seen as a continuation of Internet deployment from Kjeller, starting with the Arpanet deployment in 1973, and with Opera Software in 1994.

One of our latest missions is free Information Internet (InfoInternet) that addresses Digital Inclusion  (following the Sustainability Development Goals – SDG 2030), and enables digital access to vulnerable areas worldwide (Africa, India, etc.), and thus contributing to bridging the digital divides. The major InfoInternet principles include:

  • Free access to all content being text and pictures, paid access to high-bandwidth services
  • All the Internet, without favouring or blocking particular products or websites (respecting net neutrality)

More about InfoInternet, you can read here. Basic Internet Access for all is the vision of the Foundation. If you’re interested and want to contribute to a world of free access to basic information on health care, education or development, join our quest to make this vision a reality!

And follow the Basic Internet Foundation on Twitter!