Hand in Hand for HaitiInternet Services / Wifi and Cabling
Failed ISP network leaves students in the digital dark
JS Tech first became aware of the Lycée Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable school in Haiti in 2014, while developing an iPad application for distance learning among students. Joe met Olivier, one of the school’s founders, who volunteered to test the application at his school, but had no internet connection to support it. After traveling to Haiti on an exploratory mission in February 2015, Joe discovered that ISP (internet service provider) Digitel had created a rudimentary campus network that had fallen into disrepair. Nearly all of the repeaters placed by the ISP were non-functional, so most of the 30+ acre campus went without wi-fi.
Wi-fi brings global learning to every classroom
JS Tech solicited massive equipment and time donations to construct a sustainable data network st the school. Using point-to-point radios from Ubiquiti Networks (NYSE:UBNT), pre-terminated fiber cables, and CAT5e ethernet, JS Tech created a resilient network to deliver high-speed internet access to the campus’s 22 buildings. Vendors such as Tripp-Lite, Sophos, and Zyxel donated various networking equipment and software to the project. Labor was provided by a team of industry volunteers coordinated by JS Tech, who built the data network, and continue to return to maintain it. The network supports a variety of pedagogical applications, including smart boards, distance learning, and electronic labs. The young students are better connected to their world, and benefit from global lessons and influence.
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