DAK Network

This paper outlines a migration path towards universal broadband connectivity, motivated by the design of a wireless store-and-forward communications network. 

Daknet, an ad hoc network that uses wireless technology to provide asynchronous digital connectivity, is evidence that the marriage of wireless and asynchronous service which may lead to the beginning of a road to universal broadband connectivity.

DakNet has been successfully deployed in remote parts of both India and Cambodia at a cost two orders of magnitude less than of traditional landline solutions. It can provide broadband access to even the most remote areas at a low price.

Instead of trying relay data over a long distance, which can be expensive and power-hungry, DakNet transmits data over short point-to-point links between kiosks and portable storage devices, called mobile access points(MAP). Mounted on and powered by a bus, a motor cycle, or even a bicycle with a small generator, a MAP physically transports data among public kiosks and private communication devices and between kiosks and hub.

Its advantages are:

  • Store-and-forward communication.

  • Seamless scalability.

  • Cost effective.