The CWRC Project

This project arose out of the need to reduce the high cost of connectivity in IDRC-supported Telecentres in Uganda, and to explore optimal connectivity models such as sharing the existing bandwidth with neighboring institutions via outdoor wireless networks. It was anticipated that by managing collectively the costs of connectivity at each Telecentre, more institutions could get access to Internet without heavy initial investments in satellite hardware and subscriptions.

The aim of this initiative is to make connectivity more affordable for Telecentres by implementing a communication infrastructure that is shared and managed by the community. Such concept is known as “Community Wireless Network”, and it is based on the possibility for groups or communities to build self owned and operated networks.

The project is a colaboration between the Makerere University and IT +46. The initiative is sponsered by IDRC.