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The users' interest in mobile multimedia contents is on the rise. This tendency is driven by the high availability of contents and the increase of multimedia capabilities of mobile end-devices. However, in many countries, providing contents to rural areas remains a challenge due to the lack of coverage of mobile data networks and to the long data transmission times at lower bandwidths. Though this “data network isolated populations” needs for telecom services in health and education is high, they do not have permanent access to a mobile data network nor have money to buy the most advanced end-devices. In this paper, we thus rely on a travelling human intermediary, named a hawker, for delivering multimedia contents to users deprived of permanent access to data networks.
Date of Conference: 3-7 Oct. 2011