This story explores how people live without internet by way of five personal stories. For the story, journalists analyzed data from the Speedtest Global Index and GPS tracking data on uploading, internet speed, and mobile application use. Internet engineer Erjigit Imamov attributed the lack of internet connection to mountainous terrain (which covers 96% of country), as mobile phone providers are not interested in developing internet in high mountain areas due to sparse populations and low profit potential.
There is no impact yet.
Journalists used database on https://www.speedtest.net/insights/blog/announcing-ookla-open-datasets/, and using Qgis indicate locations in Kyrgyzstan, also through Tableu Public calculated average speed of internet traffic.
What was the hardest part of this project?
This story is about access to internet in COVID-19 pandemic time. Access to internet is unavailable for rural regions due to mountain relief in Kyrgyzstan, that raised some issues in communication and access to education for children.
What can others learn from this project?
Operate with open data including data bases of companies. Journalists could dive into detailed data and demonstrate gaps in small population centers.