WITFOR 2007 Building the InfrastructureEducation Borgou NET ICT

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WITFOR 2007 Building the Infrastructure/Education Borgou. NET, ICT for Rural Community in Benin Constant

WITFOR 2007 Building the Infrastructure/Education Borgou. NET, ICT for Rural Community in Benin Constant SOSSOULO, Executive Director of Borgou. NET NGO http: //www. borgounet. org Email: [email protected] org

Summary Introduction 1. Our History 2. Cost comparison 3. Our Network 4. Our Building

Summary Introduction 1. Our History 2. Cost comparison 3. Our Network 4. Our Building process 5. Education Contribution

Who we are… - NGO (no government organization) working since 1999; - 15 employees

Who we are… - NGO (no government organization) working since 1999; - 15 employees (7 Engineers, 3 technicians) - 1000 users (Projects, NGOs, University, College) - 200 000 $ US annual budget - Finalist of APC Hafkin Price 2004/2005 (www. apc. org)

About the Project • Republic of Benin: West Africa, Population: 7 millions 112. 000

About the Project • Republic of Benin: West Africa, Population: 7 millions 112. 000 km 2 • 12 Departments (Regions) • Official language : French • Borgou : most important department in North Benin, 300. 000 people

Our aim • Providing Mail Services to the Rural Communities in Benin • Allow

Our aim • Providing Mail Services to the Rural Communities in Benin • Allow to NGOs, Projects, Associations and Schools to access to the Internet

What we do…(1) • Internet Services Provider for Projects • Network Administration • Webpage

What we do…(1) • Internet Services Provider for Projects • Network Administration • Webpage Administration • Computers Maintenance • ICT Formations • ICT Radio Program • ICT Club for Schools*

What we do…(2)

What we do…(2)

What we do…(3) VSAT Installation…. Wi-Fi Antennas mading…

What we do…(3) VSAT Installation…. Wi-Fi Antennas mading…

Borgou. NET Year by Year…(1) q 1999 : Telephonic lines worked very badly in

Borgou. NET Year by Year…(1) q 1999 : Telephonic lines worked very badly in Benin q 1999 : Borgou. NET was born as local Mail Server for Parakou(3 rd Town) q 2000 : Borgou. NET provided Formations and Computer Repairing Services q 2001: Borgou. NET provided Internet by Telephone and VHF (mail service) q 2002 : Borgou. NET built a Wireless Network at Parakou

Borgou. NET(Year by Year) (2) q 2002 : Borgou. NET provided Internet Access by

Borgou. NET(Year by Year) (2) q 2002 : Borgou. NET provided Internet Access by Wi-Fi Technologies (802. 11 b) q 2004 : Borgou. NET started building its Wi-Fi Antennas q 2005 : Borgou. NET provided Hotline Assistance by Radio Program q 2005: Borgou. NET set up ICT Clubs for Schools: (University of Parakou, Colleges) q 2005 : Borgou. NET financed 100% of Zou. NET project (Internet Access for Health Projects in the Department of Zou in Benin)

Borgou. NET(Year by Year) (3) q 2006 : Beginning of Alibori. NET project (In

Borgou. NET(Year by Year) (3) q 2006 : Beginning of Alibori. NET project (In the Department of Alibori , far from 650 km to the capital) q 2007 : Borgou. NET started ICT Formations for Specific Needs of Projects in Rural Community q 2008 : Borgou. NET will start Atacora. NET in Benin ( far from 600 Km to the capital) q 2008: Borgou. NET will start the “Benin Linux Academy Learning Center “(Formation of Engineers in Linux Server Administration)

Cost Compare (1) Services Provided Borgou. NET NGO Internet Access by Wi-Fi Technology From

Cost Compare (1) Services Provided Borgou. NET NGO Internet Access by Wi-Fi Technology From 8 $ US per month From 60 $ US per month Single Provider in North Benin since 1999 24 $ US/month Service Provided in North Benin by Public Operator since 2000 0. 8 $US/month Linux Network Administrator (Formation Cost) 6 months 200 $ US No specific centres Wi-Fi Connection Set up Fees(Antenna, Wi-Fi Card provided) 200 $ US Starting from 1000 $US Internet Access by Line Telephonic Information Service (Web Hosting, FTP services and Hotline assistance) VSAT installations and Activation 0 $ US for members 0 $ US for Education Centre 500 $ US 1 or 2 days necessary Benin others Private and Public ICT Companies From 500 $US/year From 1000 $ US From 2 days to a week

Cost Compare(2) • Borgou. NET : Only organization in Benin mading his Wi-Fi antenna

Cost Compare(2) • Borgou. NET : Only organization in Benin mading his Wi-Fi antenna with local materials • Borgou. NET provides Internet services in rural department where private company cannot work with profit • Borgou. NET prices is still the best in all the country for ICT formations teaching by qualified Engineer • Borgou. NET provides 6 months formation every year for Schools for less than 1$US/week/student • Borgou. NET provides Free formations for Schools ICT Club Managers;

Our Network • RTC : Internet by Telephonic Lines (for users with a telephone

Our Network • RTC : Internet by Telephonic Lines (for users with a telephone line) • Wi-Fi: for Users distance less than 15 Km from the Wi-Fi Base Station • Radio VHF: for rural users far from 80 Km (from the Base Station ) for sending/receiving emails (from 1999 to 2000) Wi-Fi Users Mail Server Wi-Fi Base Station + Router VHF Users VHF Internet Access Room Local Router Wi-Fi 10 Lines with Modem Internet Users RTC

Wireless Technology • Hot Spot Access (Free Radius) on Each Department • Wireless Technologies

Wireless Technology • Hot Spot Access (Free Radius) on Each Department • Wireless Technologies (802. 11 b) • Wireless distribution Systems (WDS) • Site Survey made with Open Source Software (Radio Mobile) • Servers Running on Linux Debian, Free. BSD • Architecture : Point to Multipoint (12 km) • FTP Services available for Free on local Network • Intranet available for all Wireless users

Internet by Modem • 10 analogical lines (+10 external modems) for 100 users •

Internet by Modem • 10 analogical lines (+10 external modems) for 100 users • Buy External modem for each line (Borgou. NET uses 10 external modems for 10 analogical lines) • Users identification Server based on Free Software • Users ID and Password is the same for Mail Server

VSAT • Antenna Assembly, Pointing by Borgou. NET Engineers • VSAT Installation in 48

VSAT • Antenna Assembly, Pointing by Borgou. NET Engineers • VSAT Installation in 48 hours • C-Band Services on each site • Dedicated Services Ratio 1: 1 (1024/256 Kbs)

Education Contribution • Club concept : Each Club can provide Borgou. NET’s Services •

Education Contribution • Club concept : Each Club can provide Borgou. NET’s Services • Borgou. NET organize for each school ICT club • Each club has his activities program and Borgou. NET provides formation for the club staff; • The famous club is the ICT Club of University of Parakou who provides maintenance service and hotline service to the University • Several education centres (secondary and grammar school have no electricity to use computer) so Laptop is more suitable formations • Borgou. NET program for these centres concerns Beginning program in computer using, maintenance of equipments, Microsoft office suit for student (work, excel, Power. Point), free software (Open. Office)

Conclusion • Borgou. NET’s Project in Benin: a way for Projects, NGOs and Education

Conclusion • Borgou. NET’s Project in Benin: a way for Projects, NGOs and Education Center to have a local Internet Services • Borgou. NET’s concept is made with success in 2 other departments in Bénin : Ø Zou. NET Project (department of Zou) provides Internet Access and Linux Server Network Administration for Hospital, PISAF project(www. urc-benin. com) , and 5 others health projects Ø Alibori. NET is a new project of Borgou. NET made with Ingenieria Sin Fronteras of Madrid (www. isf. es) • Borgou. NET will start working not only on ICT area from 2009 but also in Agricultural and Micro Finance

THANK YOU SO MUCH

THANK YOU SO MUCH