Scalability of a Wireless Mesh Community Network in
Rural South Africa


Mr Shree Om received MSc in Computer Information Systems from University of Botswana and BSc in Computer Engineering from University of South Alabama. He is currently pursuing PhD in Computer Science with the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His research interests are in mesh networking.

Prof. William D Tucker is a Associate Professor at the University of Western Cape (UWC), with more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in information and communications technologies, with 15 of those years lecturing at UWC. Prof. Tucker is founder and director of the Bridging Application and Network Gaps (BANG) research group. BANG conducts applied socio-technical research into all aspects of information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) and network design to serve the un-served. Under Prof. Tuckerís direction, BANG launched and currently maintains two long-running ICT4D community-based studies in partnership with local NGOs and informal governance structures: a telephony project for poor Deaf people in Cape Town with a focus on mobile sign language video, and a rural telephony project in the remote rural Eastern Cape with a focus on voice and Internet provision with wireless mesh and point-to-point networks. Both projects offer unique opportunities to gain a greater understanding of human factors for users with special needs and challenging socio-economic conditions.