Knowledge Transfer

IT46 delivers theoretical and hands-on training in the areas of Internet infrastructure and services including wireless networks, IP telephony, security in computer networks and localization of computer software.

For example, our training covers popular topics as: fighting unsolicited mail, developing VoIP infrastructure, setting up a wireless internet service provider, translation of software to local languages, optimizing bandwidth in satellite networks, or security and privacy in online applications.

The modular design of all the courses allow us to adapt our training to the very local conditions of the recipients. Courses vary from one day to several weeks. Theoretical participatory lectures are always combined with field work.

Our business model is based on the principle of giving away all training materials for free to the community. By doing so, we allow our trainees to use the materials to train others. This model has probed to guarantee enough requests from our clients for our face-to-face and on the field training.

All the materials are delivered under a variant of the Creative Commons License.

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Wireless Africa, Training Workshop

Wireless Africa, Training Workshop
bulletPretoria, South Africa, 25 Nov 2008  

During five intensive days in November, 40 members of the Wireless Africa initiative met in Pretoria, South Africa, to participate in the first Technical and Business oriented Training Workshop of the Wireless-Africa project. The workshop attracted participants from no less than 14 African countries, which shows the emphasis on a truly Pan-African project.

The workshop was divided in two strands, a business oriented strand and a technical strand. IT46 contributed to the technical strand with two days of training in Voice-over-IP.

The VoIP training focused on three concepts:

  • Asterisk installation and configuration
  • Billing with A2Billing
  • Open VoIP hardware with IP04

The training was both theoretical and practical, no less than four practical hands-on labs were carried out during the training:

  • Setting up an intercom with IP04
  • Setting up a local telephony system
  • Interconnecting VoIP networks
  • Installation and configuration of billing software

All training material delivered can be found here

Each of the country partners (10 projects) were given a set of VoIP hardware (IP04, ATA, phones) to bring back to their projects and deploy a testbed. A few days after the workshop ended, the Nigerian team from Fantsuam reported that a local intercom based on the hardware from the Wireless Africa workshop, had been setup!

For more information about the Wireless Africa workshop, visit the official Wireless Africa website.

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Information Systems support for UNAH, Stockholm Training

Information Systems support for UNAH, Stockholm Training
bulletStockholm, 9 Jun 2008  The first week of June, IT46 conducted an ICT advanced training to the system group of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH). During 2007-08 and thanks to the support of SIDA and the collaboration with the Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions (SPIDER), IT46 http://www.it46.se and CICAT had delivered a set of technical trainings in the areas of internetworking and information systems. The second training in Stockholm, hosted by SPIDER with the support of the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV (Stockholm University/KTH), focused on advanced topics as traffic management, secure web services, cloning workstations and voice over IP. During the one week training the UNAH system group got the opportunity to visit KTH and Stockholm University ICT premises.

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ICTs for Social Development at the University of Trento, Italy

ICTs for Social Development at the University of Trento, Italy
bulletTrento, Italy, 1 Jun 2008  

In May 2008, IT46 had the opportunity to give a Doctorate course at the University of Trento in Information and Communication Technologies for Social Development.

The course attracted no less than 20 doctorate students that were willing to put their PhD work aside for a while and switch focus to other challenges.

The course included the following topics:

  • Day 1: Introduction to ICTs and Development
  • Day 2: Localization of Computer Software to Local Languages
  • Day 3: Electricity Backup Systems and Low Power Computing
  • Day 4: Wireless Networks and VoIP for Development
  • Day 5: Internet censorship

The examination of the course was done in terms of a project assignment carried out in groups of 2-4 students. The written reports can be downloaded from the course page.

For more information about the course, please see here

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Information Systems support for UNAH

Information Systems support for UNAH
bulletTegucigalpa, Honduras, 16 Mar 2008  

IT46 and CICAT will provide technical support to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH). Thanks to the support of the Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions (SPIDER), IT46 and CICAT http://www.cicat.tudelft.nl will deliver technical training in the areas of internetworking and information systems in Tegucigalpa (Honduras).

The Centre for International Cooperation and Appropriate Technology (CICAT) is the central liaison office at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) for the coordination of international projects.

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2nd CWRC Workshop in Uganda

2nd CWRC Workshop in Uganda
bulletKampala, Uganda, 15 Sep 2007  

The 2nd Training Workshop in building Community Wireless Networks was conducted by IT +46 in Kampala, Uganda the 3-14th of September 2007.

The training targeted the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) staff and students and Telecentre representatives. The aim of the workshop was to build upon the first training workshop that was held in November 2007, and further strengthen the team's knowledge not only in wireless communications, but also other topics related to Community Wireless Networks.

The training workshop targeted the following areas:

Theoretical

  • How to reduce the use of international bandwidth?
  • Traffic management with MasterShaper
  • Basic Internet Concepts
  • Troubleshooting a wireless network
  • Point of failure in wireless installations
  • Critical reading of ISP contracts

Practical

  • How to reduce the use of international bandwidth?
  • Traffic management with MasterShaper
  • How to set up a fully routable wireless network with repeaters

Field Work

  • 1 day field visit to Naberu Telecenter, inspection of wireless installations
  • 3 days field visit to Kabale, troubleshooting and configuration of wireless installation

The workshop gathered representatives from five Ugandan Telecenters (CPAR Lira Telecenter, Nakaseke Telecenter, Nabweru Telecenter, Kabale Telecenter and Kachwekano CMC) and students from the electrical engineering program volunteering at the CWRC.

In September 2007, no less than three community wireless networks had been established by the CWRC. At CPAR Lira Telecenter, the community network now consists of four partners which share a VSAT connection of 128/64 kbps. Juma Okeee, IT officer at CPAR Lira says, "the CWRC project is a blessing for rural connectivity over distances. CWRC has really come at a time when we needed it the most."

The Naberu Telecenter community network has currently three external partners and is now in the stage of obtaining quotations from local Internet Service providers.

The Kachwekano CMC/Kabale Telecenter community network has no less than nine clients connected spread around Kabale town and Lake Bunyonyi. The Kabale team is currently evaluating upstream providers for the community network.

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ICT Training at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras

ICT Training at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
bulletTegucigalpa, Honduras , 18 Jun 2007  

In June 2007, IT +46 has been working with the ­DEGT at UNAH (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras), Tegucigalpa in Honduras. During the visit an advisory assistance and hands-on training in general ICT services was carried out.

A concrete outcome of the work was the implementation of a dedicated radio link between the University main campus and the Faculty of Medical Sciences.
UNAH is the largest university in Honduras with 8 campuses and 90,000 students.

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Community Wireless Training in Nigeria

Community Wireless Training in Nigeria
bulletKafanchan, Nigeria, 12 Mar 2007  

The training of Fantsuam Foundation's Wireless Community Network Team took place the 19 Feb - 5 Mar 2007 in Kafanchan, Nigeria. A two week long training workshop in Wireless Communications was conducted by IT +46 in order to support Fantsuam Foundation in their process of building up a rural wireless ISP in Kafanchan.

Fantsuam Foundation, located in Kafanchan, is a non profit organization aimed at pioneering gender and youth focused on micro finance and ICT services and development in rural communities of Nigeria.

Kafanchan is a town of approx. 40,000 people located 200 km east of Abuja in central Nigeria. The area is poorly connected in terms of telephony and Internet connectivity. Today, no fix telephony is available and GSM just arrived to the town in 2005. Still now in 2007, the quality of the GSM network is low and users experience frequent cut-offs and long delays in their conversations.

The only option to Internet connectivity is via satellite communication. With the wireless network at Fantsuam, Fantsuam Foundation will become the first Internet Service Provider in Kafanchan.

The interest in the wireless network from the community is huge. Potential partners in Kafanchan and its surroundings are many. To mention a few on the waiting list are the hospitals and health clinics, schools, churches, Internet cafés, commercial businesses and individuals.

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CWRC Training Workshop in Uganda

CWRC Training Workshop in Uganda
bulletKampala, Uganda, 20 Nov 2006  

A Training Workshop in building Community Wireless Networks was conducted by IT +46 in Kampala, Uganda the 6-17 of November.

The training targeted the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC) staff, Telecentre staff, Makerere students from the electrical engineering program and local NGO's. The workshop, initially planned to be hosted at the Makerere University, attracted no less than 50 registered participants*.

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Introduction to ICT for development

Introduction to ICT for development
bulletStockholm, Sweden, 1 Nov 2005  "Introduction to ICT for Development" is a 5 credit web based distance course given by DSV at the IT Unversity, Kista, during fall 2005.

The course aims to familiarise students with some of the main issues involved in the use of ICT for development purposes - such as the use of ICT for poverty reduction, promotion of education, health, democracy and human rights.

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Community Wireless connectivity training for West Africa

Community Wireless connectivity training for West Africa
bulletZanzibar, Tanzania, 25 Mar 2005  

The 20th-25th of March 2005, the Community Wireless connectivity workshop for West Africa sponsored by IDRC, was held at Mtoni Marine Center, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The workshop gathered about 30 participants from various NGO's in west african countires (Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Nigeria). The aim of the workshop was to develop technical skills in wireless network planning, design, and management and promote understanding of appropriate wireless technology choices for community networking.





IT46 participated in the workshop as material developer and trainer. The following units were created by IT +46 under the license of Creative Commons Share Alike. The files can be downloaded from the following links:

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