ISM Band Draft position Paper for Binga

Using 2.4 GHz ISM Band for Development in Rural Zimbabwe, a case for the Binga District.

 request for comments

  Research has shown that telecommunications and the internet contribute immensely in the economic and social development of people and nations in today’s networked and information driven society.
   It can then be concluded that the ISM band and the low cost wireless technologies that operate within it could be of great value to low-income countries with non-existent or poor  telecommunications and Internet infrastructures. In Zimbabwe use of the ISM band for internet and elecommunications is illegal. The ISM band is a band of frequencies defined by the ITU for Industrial, Scientific and Medical use however the use of these bands for license-exempt internet and  telecommunication purposes is regulated by country regulators, Postal and Telecommunications  Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) in Zimbabwe. This paper seeks to identify the ISM band  in Zimbabwe and highlight the benefits that are accrued to remote rural communities if the ban of its use is systematically lifted Potraz. A case for the remote Binga District of Zimbabwe is discussed.
  Strategies that can be employed to manage interference are also discussed. 

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