To explore the use of satellite broadband access in two scenarios
To understand the impact of enhanced broadband access for rural business, and the potential to develop new ways of working and enhancing viability
To understand the impact and role of enhanced broadband access on rural social enterprise or civil society organisation
To develop next-generation techniques to enable multi-service broadband access and relate these to the user scenarios
Relationship to Digital Economy
The project corresponds with the following Digital Economy aims:
Creating real co-operation between disciplines through co-leadership of this research challenge
Providing opportunities for individuals and communities to shape their personal and social interactions
To create conditions for understanding the impact and requirements of next generation digital applications
To explore cost-savings and new services that can emerge from innovative co-design of radio resource management (RRM)
To develop capabilities embedded in business user practices
Relationship to dot.rural Digital Economy Hub
The programme of research is designed so that it will result in both technological advances in the way communications infrastructure is engineered, and that the resulting service is responsive to user needs and results in greater inclusion of communities and business as a part of the Digital Economy.
The project will illuminate some of the core issues identified in the rural digital economy hub by providing enhanced broadband access to rural businesses and institutions and investigating the impact of these technologies on rural institutions.
By providing enhanced broadband access the project would be transformative in the following ways:
To enable a rural business to significantly improve its business model
To enable a social enterprise/civil society organisation to expand and improve its capabilities
to support technology evolution linked to Digital Economy use-cases, enabling deeper evaluation and ensuring applicability of the results
In addition, new technologies will be contributed, where appropriate to relevant standards organisations. In the first stage, these contributions will be made to TM-RCS, the European group for open broadband satellite standards.
Areas for impact
Within communities via outreach projects which encourage them to engage with broadband and its applications
With UK Government through liaising with important points of contacts and contributing to important events, documents and initiatives
With ISPs and other important stakeholders through liaising with them, sharing research findings and important points for best practise
With non-Governmental organisations via collaborative projects and sharing research findings and points for best practise
The research described here is supported by the award made by the RCUK Digital Economy programme to the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub; award reference: EP/G066051/1.
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