Basic Internet (#Basic4all) contributs to the Norwegian Visjon2030, a nationwide collaboration to support the United Nation's development goals for 2030.
Basic Internet's contribution to Vision 2030
The Basic Internet Foundation (BI) and the Basic Internet AS, founded by the University Graduate Centre at Kjeller (UNIK) and Kjeller Innovasjon in 2014, provides free basic access to the Internet, focussing on optimised digital content for people with low income, in areas with low or no Internet coverage, or to areas with high demand.
The Basic Internet Foundation assists organisations and companies to adapt and disseminate information that provide self-help. Services may include educational systems, health care, agricultural information, innovation, banking or other services that contribute to increased welfare and value creation.
The Basic Internet core infrastructure is designed to transit text and images in a compressed form. The key performance is to support low capacity Internet connections, which is essential when using satellite or low-bandwidth aerial connections. The Basic Internet technology supports 400 to 600 simultaneous users to access Information over a thin 1 Mbit/s link. Connection that many people simultaneously is radically more than what can be achieved through conventional browsers, enabling the use of satellites to connect to many users in hotspots.
The concept is tailored to provide a basic access to the Internet for schools and population where the Internet does not exist today, or where ordinary connection is too costly. The cost-effective Basic Internet can therefore deliver (i) adapted capacity to the Internet to schools and (ii) facilitate proper and effective content together with other actors. In addition, (iii) solutions for video and streaming to specific terminals are provided e.g. to schools, when desired.
The concept and the coverage can easily be adapted and extended to apply in other areas than school education, being health, agriculture or innovation support. As such the Basic Internet concepts supports fully the requirements mentioned by the Norwegian Parliament Announcement Nr. 25 (Stortingsmelding 25, 2014) on 'Development for Education'.
The Basic Internet concept might also be used to solve congestion problems in other networks, e.g. schools, supporting an affordable, if not free, access to basic information. We have started a dialogue with schools to pilot the basic information access.
The required local equipment is kept technologically easy. PCs, Laptops, smart phones and tablets can be connected. Even low-end tablets, pre-installed with the Norwegian Opera Mini browser, which might also be downloaded locally. Other applications and browsers not supporting basic information only will be rejected. The control centre is established in Norway, designed for managing increased capacity to specific users, other applications, or access to specific sites on all browsers. The local infrastructure is kept to a minimum, making it technology-wise easy to roll-out the service where-ever basic access is needed.
The Basic Internet technology is implemented today and can be scaled to meet custom needs and resources. Internet access is the enabling basis to use and exploit digital technology and content. The full picture of how the world and information and communication technologies (ICT) look in 2030 can not be predicted, but our experts are involved in the development and the Basic Internet access can be delivered now. Basic Internet is a result of collaboration and development in one of the leading universities and innovation environments in Norway. Our prediction is that further development and realisation of visions will occur in such clusters of academic communities, who collaborate to support Basic Internet.
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