A cooperative pilot project for internet in Africa joining Systemics Network International, SpecterCAT and the Belgian Commune of Mont-Saint-Guibert

TRIPLE is an innovative local wireless mesh network concept which uses satellite for backhaul. The system was designed for deployment in particularly those population centres without cable-based internet access. The Belgian town of Mont-Saint-Guibert, 30 km from Brussels, hosted TRIPLE's demonstration. Systems for security, Intelligent Traffic System and other internet-based applications that TRIPLE could support were also exhibited at a public event in the town.

TRIPLE is an example of both public-private and local-level cooperation between Europe and Africa for development. Consultation took place during the project with persons already active in Mont-Saint-Guilbert's cooperation with a twin community in the Kigali area as well as with the cabinet of the European Commissioner for Development.

Thanks are extended by the demonstration organizers, Systemics Network International and SpecterCAT, to the Mayor and Commune of Mont-Saint-Guibert for its cooperation in the demonstration project and to the other organizations which participated in making it and the public exhibitation around it a success, notably Eutelsat, Vitrociset Spa, Group4 Securicor, Icoms Detections, the Catholic University of Louvain's IT engineering department, and the investment group ISSAL.

Various features of the topography at Mont-Saint-Guibert revealed challenges in radio planning that required further technical and operational study. This has led to TRIPLE's further development being suspended but not cancelled. The project remains under consideration under the lead of Systemics Network International. Particular attention is being given to all-satellite versus TRIPLE-type solutions for the best combination of cost-effectiveness and practicability of deployment and operations.

Solving these issues promises a radical improvement to connectivity in Africa and other areas poorly served by internet but requires innovative and effective local system management and utilization arrangements to bring sustainable benefits.

Contact info (a) systemicsnet.com if your organization is interested in participating in this initiative.