African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6691

Full Length Research Paper

Appropriate way of accessing the Internet among villages of Khuzestan Province using AHP model

Abdolhasan Torfi1*, Khalil Kalantariand2 and Amir Hossein Pirmoradi3
  1Department of Rural Development, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology Number 302, Ordibehesht St. Golestan, Ahwaz- Khuzestan Province, Iran. 2Rural Development and Management Department, Agricultural Development and Economic Faculty, University of Tehran, Iran.  PhD student of Agricultural Extention and Education, Islamic Azad University,Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 09 August 2011
  •  Published: 26 November 2011



In order to achieve the rural development destination, human development is necessary. Information and communication technology (ICT) as a knowledge extension innovation can help to improve the human development level of rural stakeholders. This paper explores the use of the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) for selecting an appropriate way of Internet access in Khuzestan villages. A panel of 24 experts of rural ICT center in Khuzestan utilized AHP to determine the priority of three methods of Internet access. The findings indicated that DSL according to cost criteria and wireless, regarding both quality and speed criteria were the most important. Furthermore, wireless was recognized as the best way of accessing the Internet in Khuzestan villages.


Key words: AHP, Internet access, experts’ decision, village, Khuzestan Province.