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					ODOU Youth
Committee




    Connecting blank rural areas through
            satellite broadband

     Satellite Broadband Internet in Odou Village,
                       Cyprus


                     Alexis Nicolaou


  Brussels                                    5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee
             ODOU Village




  Brussels         5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee
                                                   ODOU Village




      The view of Odou village from the road above the village can
      not be described in words or even encompassed in a photo. The
      houses are built amphitheatrically on the surrounding hills.
      Houses with tiled rooftops, picturesque balconies, courtyards
      with shady vine trees climbing everywhere are characteristics
      of the village. All these are surrounded by the lavish green
      vegetation of the Valley.
  Brussels                                                    5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee
                                                        ODOU Village

                                              • Odou village is located in
                                                the mountainous district of
                                                Larnaca at an altitude of
                                                about 800m
                                              • The population of Odou is
                                                200, with most people
                                                working in agriculture
                                              • Odou is famous in Cyprus
                                              for its citrus fruits &
                                              vegetables, especially
                                              tomatoes

      The picturesque village of Odou with its traditional architecture, its
      cobbled streets & footpaths, is an example of a genuine traditional
                    community that should be preserved.

  Brussels                                                           5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee
                                       Youth Committee of Odou
  • The Youth Committee of our village has 65 members:
        – Pupils of the primary school of the village
        – Pupils of elementary and high school
        – Students from our village that study in colleges and universities in
          Nicosia or abroad
        – Other young people that live in the village


  • Odou only had 1 small primary school with only two teachers that
    supervise & teach all 6 classes of the school, but last year the
    students transferred to a new bigger school in a nearby village.

  • The Youth centre is equipped with satellite TV, various electronic &
    table games, a pool table & a canteen



  Brussels                                                                5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee                          Youth Committee of Odou

                                        We organise various events in
                                       the village & all the members of
                                        the YC are involved in various
                                                   activities.




   In the frame of the YC there is a
      theatre club & a traditional
              dance club.



  Brussels                                                    5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee                  Broadband Internet availability
 • Odou is not covered by a terrestrial infrastructure able to provide
   broadband internet to the inhabitants of the village

 • The students that were going to the high school & who had
   interaction with students from other areas that were able to have
   fast internet, really felt this difference

 • Those students had:
      – Access to a lot of information to prepare their assignments
      – Were able to communicate with their friends via internet
      – Could play games on the internet


 • Their interaction with the internet helped them to enhance their
   computer skills, as well, much better

  Brussels                                                            5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee                Broadband Internet availability

   • Some parents used to take their children to a relative’s house in
     other areas that have internet access to get information to
     prepare their assignments

   • Students in the colleges & universities were forced to stay until
     late in the universities in order to have access to internet & do
     their assignments find information etc.

   • A lot of university & college students that study in Nicosia are
     forced to go & live in Nicosia




  Brussels                                                        5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee           Satellite broadband internet to Odou

  • The Ministry of Communications & Works of the Cyprus
    Republic announced in March 2009 that all villages in Cyprus
    without broadband internet access will be covered by satellite
    internet access in combination with Wi-Fi

  • This service will be open and free to the people of these villages

  • Nine satellite terminals & Wi-Fi access points were installed in
    Odou village, more than a year ago, that covers the whole
    village with Wi-Fi access to satellite internet

  • The habitants are very excited by this development




  Brussels                                                       5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee          Satellite broadband internet to Odou

  The First Reactions:

  • Mr Nikos Anastasiou (the president
    of the village) said the connection
    to wireless technology was of
    particular importance to the
    picturesque village’s 50 youngsters

      “We have 50 young people at
      primary, gymnasium & tertiary
      level,” he said. “This will please our
      young because they will now be on
      par with youth in urban areas &
      they won’t feel inferior… It will
      open their horizons.”


  Brussels                                     5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee                                           Celebrations (2009)


                                              Kids dressed in traditional uniforms
                                              using the internet, next to the
                                              preparation of the Cyprus
                                              traditional food - Souvla.




          Young kids dressed in traditional
       Cyprus uniforms are welcoming the
            Minister of Communications &
                          Works to Odou.



  Brussels                                                                5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee    Satellite broadband internet in Odou




  Brussels                              5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee        Satellite broadband internet in Odou

The use of the internet in the village started from the 1st day of its
availability with enthusiasm.

One year later it can be said that a “technology culture” has been created
in the village, mostly for the young people of the village.

The members of the Youth Committee
are informed by emails for activities to
take place

A facebook page is created for the Youth
Club, to announce the activities and add
pictures from there.



   Brussels                                                          5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee




  Brussels   5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee



    Nearly all the young people of the village have created their pages in
    Facebook and communicate with friends and socialize

    After one year of the satellite internet in the village it can be said that:
    •“technology culture” and “internet culture” is created among the young
    people of the village

    •There is an increase need for higher speeds (the use of internet is
    increasing)

    •The change is obvious among the young community (discussions for news,
    information and other that the young people find in internet)

    •Information for their interests is now available easier and faster

    •The emigrants(in foreign countries) are very happy because they can see
    pictures from the activities and some times small videos.

  Brussels                                                                 5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee




  Brussels   5 Oct. 2010
ODOU Youth
Committee




                               Thank you!


             Special thanks to European Satellite Operators Association
                       (ESOA) for inviting me to be here today.




  Brussels                                                          5 Oct. 2010

				
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