Proceedings of the 8th International conference on Research in Engineering, Science and Technology
Case Study: Challenges in building and maturing an internet connection in rural mineral mining companies in South Africa
DP du Plessis
Connecting any company’s Local Access Network (LAN) to a Wide Area Network (WAN) or the internet should be relatively easy because there are technologies available that enable companies to connect seamlessly. However, in the rural parts of South Africa are some geographical and economical challenges when companies in rural areas want to connect their LAN to a WAN or the internet with the biggest challenges being the availability of technology and the affordability of technology for these small rural companies. This paper discusses these challenges experienced and proposes a framework that can be followed by these rural companies when connecting a LAN to a WAN or the internet.
Keywords: Wide Area Network, Local Access Network, Rural ICT Network, Mining, ICT4D, ICT for Developing Country.