Bootstrapping the Development of Services for Wireless Community Networks

White, Keegan and Johnson, David and Densmore, Melissa and Mthoko, Hafeni (2021) Bootstrapping the Development of Services for Wireless Community Networks, Proceedings of Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference, 22/11/2021, Winterton, South Africa.

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Affordable Internet access has been critical for continued remote education and work-from-home environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, localized services made available through a community network can also provide high value for education, work and entertainment in communities that lack affordable access. Creating these localized services is technically challenging and in this paper, we take the first attempt at describing the development issues faced when creating these services as well as the first attempt at fostering a collaborative approach to developing community networks in Africa. We examine a case study relating to the development of a localized service followed by detailing an improved containerised architecture for easily bootstrapping new localized services using a combination of a virtual machine, Docker containers and the Traefik HTTP reverse proxy. Through the creation and subsequent sharing of our codebase and containerised architecture, we aim to set a precedent for resource sharing and collaboration amongst developers in the African wireless community network space.

Item Type: Conference paper
Subjects: Networks
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 10:49
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 10:49

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