Coverage in remote areas and technological autonomy


This line explores and proposes public policy alternatives, spectrum management, business models and technological innovation to achieve coverage in remote regions. It also addresses the study and development of relevant technologies for telecommunication and communication projects in remote areas and indigenous communities. It takes into special consideration the generation of capacities of the communities through self-sustaining processes to aim their own development objectives.


The connectivity solutions that have shown to be efficient over time are those created, managed, maintained and used by the communities. From this starting point, some basic principles are:

  • Autonomy of communities in decisions concerning technology.
  • Technological pertinence.
  • Reflection on the possibilities and risks of ICT.
  • Affordability.
  • Sustainability.
  • Capacity building.
  • Usability and possibility of technological transformation.
  • Legal framework for community networks in Latin America.
  • International and national advocacy.
  • Community intranets.
  • Community mobile telephony.
  • Techio Comunitario.