Open Digital Village in collaboration with IICD – The Netherlands, GhanaTelecom University and GINKS organised a ten-day wireless technology training at the Open Digital Village in Winneba for IICD partners and other professionals in ICT from Ghana and Nigeria. The summit was organised from August 1 – 10 2007. In all, about forty (40) professionals participated in the summit. The cousre content included:
- Introduction to Wireless Networking
- Introuction to WiFi Devices
- Building Local Wireless Routers
- Setting up and Configuring Wireless Local Area Network
- Installing Open Source Software
- Open Source on Wireless Technologies
- Network Securities
- Trouble Shooting
- Bandwidth / internet Link Optimisation
- Managing your Network
Participants were taken through practical aspects of the topics discusssed including: installing ubuntu software, cabling, constructing antennas, and intallation of other wireless technology devices.
Personal interaction with other participants revealed that the course was very relevant to their field of work and they look forward to acquiring the basic local resources that will enable them to set up wireless local area network within their organisations and at home.
My personal experience is that the training sessions provided a lot of insights into the basic principles of deploying wireless network technology. I am also now informed than before about the various technological options available for internet connectivity, particularly for rural communities. I hope to harness the resource and potential available withinn the Northern Ghana group that participated in the course to assist ACDEP members who are interested in deploying WLAN technology at their stations for effective acess to information and communication to accelerate rural community development in Northern Ghana.
Stay in touch with norconsult for further tit bits on participants impressions about the training and what some of them propose to use the knowledge and skills acquired for at their various organisations. Norconsult’s radar has picked excellent signals from the biquad antenna of PEP-C in Wa, the riegional capital of the Upper West Region of Ghana, indicating that Brother Gracious is wirelessly preparing to cause a sterling revolution in transforming the ineficient, ineffective and unreliable existing technology at PEP-C with an affordable cost-effective and easy to manage wireless internet access connected to Computers with ubuntu software.
Do not miss this exciting moment with Brother Gracious on August 22 2007. Stay connected to norcunsult.
Story by team leader, Norbert