Worldspace, satellite network to link radio to the Internet
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CTA. 2002. Worldspace, satellite network to link radio to the Internet. ICT Update Issue 8. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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The Arid Lands Information Network - Eastern Africa (ALIN-EA) has joined up with the US digital broadcast pioneer WorldSpace Foundation to get online information to remote rural areas using digital satellite broadcasting.
The Arid Lands Information Network - Eastern Africa (ALIN-EA) has joined up with the US digital broadcast pioneer WorldSpace Foundation to get online information to remote rural areas using digital satellite broadcasting. The technology used relies on satellites that broadcast audio and multimedia signals and a WorldSpace radio connected to a computer fitted with an adapter card. This set-up then allows continuous reception on the computer of information transmitted by satellite. Up to 40 information, news and entertainment channels can be received from three geo-stationary satellites: AfriStar, AmeriStar and AsiaStar. With this set up, a user can download, store, print, and share (via e-mail) information originating from the remotest areas of Africa, Asia or Latin America, all without requiring a telephone connection. WorldSpace Foundation allows the use of its satellite system by the African Learning Channel (ALC) to transmit information in areas as diverse as the environment, agriculture, sustainable development, and micro-enterprise. In partnership with the Ford Foundation, ALIN-EA has used the ALC to establish ten observation groups in the four countries where the network operates, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. All of them are using the information received via the radio to benefit local communities and their development.
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