Nepal Wireless Networking Project: Building infrastructure in the mountains from ground up
2014 (English)In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems, ISSN 1529-3181, E-ISSN 1529-3181, Vol. 34, 11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Teaching cases can be instrumental in developing skills of critical analysis, problem solving and strategic thinking in students, especially in specific contexts such as Information Systems (IS). While cases are widely used in the curricula of graduate and undergraduate programs in developed countries, there is a lack of teaching cases set in developing countries, particularly in the area of information and communication technology for development (ICT4D). In this paper, we address this gap by telling the story of the Nepal Wireless Networking Project (NWNP) and its effort to connect villages in remote areas of Nepal to the outside world. Despite lack of access to proper equipment, lack of technical competence and the difficult terrain in the Himalayan mountains, Mahabir Pun, the initiator of NWNP, succeeded in bringing Internet access to these villages, contributing to improvements in education, health services and income generating activities. The case describes the development of NWNP from inception until today, the stakeholders involved, services provided, current challenges and ideas for future improvements. Furthermore the case illustrates the importance of the champion, the process of committing important stakeholders, the importance of contextual understanding, and the challenges while scaling up from pilot projects to wider implementations in the context of developing countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 34, 11
Research subject Computer and Systems Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-12674Local ID: bd720807-ab82-4c42-a864-de3672a7c8d8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-12674DiVA: diva2:985625
Validerad; 2014; 20131231 (devtha)2016-09-292016-09-29Bibliographically approved