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Welcome to the 2004 School on Digital Radio Communications for Research and Training in Developing Countries. Training activities on digital radio have been carried out by the ARPL group at ICTP since 1996, and some 1500 participants from all the continents have attended. As a result of the training, a series of concrete ICT projects have been initiated, developed and successfully completed in Nigeria, Sudan, Benin, Ghana and Romania.

The school program is focused on innovative solutions in design and implementation of 2.4 GHz low-cost wireless local area networks (WLANs) not only interconnecting computers, but also offering data, audio, and video communications.

This year a Radio Laboratory Handbook was prepared for the participants of the School, with the goal of providing knowledge and skills needed to setup wireless networks for campus WLANs and links to remote internet service providers, using modest resources available locally in their home countries.

The first two days a Round Table will take place, to discuss the role of ICT for Science and Research in Developing Countries. On Monday February 9th, Mr.Hamadoun Toure', Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, will give a Public Lecture on “ITU/BDT and ICT for Development”.

Much of the school time is thus devoted to hands-on sessions of antenna building, installation, testing and measurements, and this volume guides through these activities step-by-step.

We hope that the 2004 School will contribute to advancing scientific development in academic and research institutions in Developing Countries, and it is up to the scientists and professors employed there to make use of information offered and to disseminate it further.

Informations on the school can be requested at
Ms. Koutou Mabilo (secretariat)