Rural Telecommunications

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Takada Jun-Ichi  Aoyagi Takahiro 
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Fall Semester

Purpose of lecture

Telecommunications enable the communications instantly between any points in the world. Moreover, it has become common understanding that the telecommunication infrastructure is indispensable for the development of the industry and economy. However, the reality is very severe in the developing world, especially in rural and remote areas. Imbalance of the distribution of telecommuicatoins in the world has been intolerable for the long time. This lecture overviews the historial aspects and the enabling technologies of rural telecommunications, both in the social and the technical aspects.

Plan of lecture

1. Guidance
2. Historical Aspects - Missing Link -
3. Historical Aspects - Missing Link & 20 years after-
4. Historical Aspects - 20 years after Missing Link -
5. Current Aspects - Radio Frequency Spectrum -
6. Access Infrastructure 1 - Cellular Systems 1 -
7. Access Infrastructure 2 - Cellular Systems 2 -
8. Access Infrastructure 3 - Satellite Systems -
9. Access Infrastructure 4 - Wireless Computer Network -
10. Information Technology and Free and Open Source Software
11. Case Studies
12. Case presentation

Textbook and reference

ITU Association Japan, Development of Rural Telecommunications.(
Independent Commission for World-Wide Telecommunications Development, Missing Link, 1984.
ITU-D FG7 Final Report, New Technologies for Rural Applications.(
ITU-D FG7 Case Library.(

Related and/or prerequisite courses



Students are expected read the assigned materials and answer the questions provided prior to the class. Class discussion will be based on the knowledge of the reading materials.

Case presentation:
Each individual student is assigned a case, and shall present the summary and the analysis of the case.


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