Sarantaporo.gr Wireless Community Network – Elassona, Greece
Category: Sustainable Development Goals Support
The Sarantaporo.gr team was formed in 2010 as a joint effort of young people from Sarantaporo village to develop a local context website. Along the way the team realized that the locals could not access the website due to lack of Internet connectivity. The main cause is the low to zero investment interest of Greek telecom service providers due to sparse population distribution. To solve this, the team managed to interconnect 14 villages (5,000 residents) through a backbone network. The new project aims to create, maintain and expand the telecommunication infrastructure as commons in a sustainable manner and train local inhabitants towards building digital skills, in order to prevent the depopulation of the province.