Project Description

RuralNet began in 2005 as a research project of the Technical University of Valencia in Spain. The project intended to develop new information and communication technology to offer low-bandwidth Internet access to isolated rural areas. With this purpose we developed RuralNet, an experimental wireless platform which combines the promising paradigm of wireless Mesh networks and cheap off-the-shelf wireless devices to offer a wide range of Internet-based communication services and applications. RuralNet has targeted rural areas of the Comunidad Valenciana, in Spain, with increasing demand for Internet connectivity to support the emerging industrial activity and population demands. To date, we deploy the proposed system in a small-scale project on a rural area located on the south of the Comunidad Valenciana which encompasses about 50 subscribers including local industry and villagers.

Aims of the project

The general purpose of RuralNet is to strengthen Internet support in rural environments through wireless technologies. The system should empower mobile users with the ability to access Internet applications on the move. Rather than creating a new wireless technology, the major challenge has been to demonstrate the practicality of designing and building a system that, by combing existing wireless networks paradigms, is able to reach distant areas at a low cost, while offering a wide range of telecommunication services and applications.


RuralNet is part of a research project of the Computer Networks Group (GRC) of the Technical University of Valencia in Spain. RuralNet has been supported by the Generalitat Valenciana, Spain under grant GV05/245 and by the IMPIVA under Grant IMIDTD/2006/551. GRC members involved in RuralNet are Jorge Hortelano, Pietro Manzoni, Juan-Carlos Cano and Carlos T. Calafate.

In the year 2008, we start to develop RuralNet 2.0. We add two new members: Borja Roig, who redesign the interface and add extra functionality to the system, and Victor GarcĂ­a who study the behaviour of the aerials in extrem conditions. This new version is focused to deploy in the developing world, and now is easier to configure and maintenance.


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