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Wireless Devices, Africa, And Public Policy - Kenneth Brown


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Kenneth Brown's CrisisCamp Ignite presentation given at the World Bank.

Kenneth Brown's CrisisCamp Ignite presentation given at the World Bank.

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  • 1. Kenneth Brown, Managing Director
    Lionchase Holdings, Inc.
    June 12, 2009
    Wireless Devices, Africa, and Public Policy
  • 2. Goals, Plans, and Direction
    Create mutually beneficial strategies to bring device manufacturing to Africa
    Stimulate job creation in the U.S., abroad, and in Africa
    Leverage existing initiatives to generate momentum
    Leverage public policy to guide business efforts
    Use examples to create similar programs in other parts of the world
  • 3. Part I. Background
    What is the opportunity?
    What is happening now?
    What are the big ideas?
  • 4. Facts – Real Opportunity in Africa
    2 billion new cell phones in emerging market countries
    500 million new cell phones in Africa
    The African cell-phone sector is the fastest growing in the world, with subscription growth between 2007 and 2008 at 41% annually. Cell phones currently account for 90% of telephone subscribers in Africa. At the beginning of 2008, there were 300 million mobile subscribers on the continent.
    Mobile subscribers in Africa are also now more evenly distributed. In 2000, South Africa accounted for more than half of all Africa’s mobile subscribers. By 2007, however, almost 85 per cent were in other countries.
  • 5. Zambia and Malaysia Team to OEM
    In Zambia, A $10 million mobile phone manufacturing plant, known as M-mobile Telecommunications Zambia limited (M-Tech), has officially opened in Lusaka on March 12, 2009. It is the first cellular phone manufacturing company to open in the country and proof that the cell phone boom in Africa is real.
    Employment Goal – 200-300 Zambians
    Manufacturing Goal 1,000 phones per day
    Cost: About 200,000 Kwacha (about 36 USD) each
  • 6. Motorola and U.S. Moving Backwards
  • 7. China and Africa
  • 8. African Exports To China Significant
  • 9. Africa and China Becoming Partners
    -China Accounted for 16% of Africa’s Total Exports
    -19% of Exports from Sub Saharan Africa
    -China is catching U.S. and EU
    -China doubles trade with Africa to $100 billion by 2010
    Technology is next logical step for Africa-China Trade
  • 10. Next Steps – Business Community
    Wireless Device Joint Venture Development in Africa via
    Creating means for U.S. small business, IT community, and parties interested to create joint ventures projects to capture new IT opportunities in Africa.
    Worker Training, Manufacturing, Trade, Finance, etc.
  • 11. Next Steps – Public Policy
    U.S. Trade, Investment, and Commerce Committee Action
    Tax Credits U.S. and OECD for Trade and Manufacturing
    Wireless Towers Via Wind, Solar, and Hydrogen
    Enable Green Initiatives to Work
    Disposable Devices
    Enviro-Friendly Manufacturing
  • 12. Experiment – Open Zone Wireless
    Partners with African Nation to Become the 1st Open Zone Communications Device Region in the World
    Video Communications
    Wireless Voice
    Competing Carriers
    Remote Programming
    Programmable Devices
  • 13. Part II. Open Zone Wireless
    New Idea!!!
    Proliferation of New Technology, Growth, and Investment that is Network Neutral
    Will be funded in part by Lionchase-
  • 14. Goals of Open Zone Wireless Experiment
    Bring African Nation to Forefront of Device Innovation
    Security & Communications
    App Stores
    New Content
    Music, Radio, News
    Data Collection and Reporting
    New Manufacturing Standards
    Smart Chip Architecture
  • 15. Rules of Open Zone Wireless
    Network Neutral Zone for Devices
    1) Ties Manufacturing to Real Investment and Deployment
    2) Mandates Public Policy that Will Not Allow Carriers to
    3) Lock Devices to Any Network
  • 16. Lionchase Holdings – And Open Zone Wireless in Africa
    $15 Million Project (3 year / 5 million annually)
    10,000 Users - $200-400 annually
    Growth Goals
    - $1-4 million annually for ecommerce
    - $1-4 million annually for banking
    - $1-4 million annually for app sales
    - $1-4 million for standard apps- voice, text, video, etc.
    Multiplier Expectation - $100 million
    New networks, new technology, test market value, new product introduction
  • 17. Partners in Open Zone Wireless
    Countries – New Markets with 10,000+ Customer Sign-up
    Companies – Google, Motorola, and Qualcomm
    Government- IMF, UN, OPIC, World Bank
    Content Companies –International Content Cos
    Software Companies – Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec
    Aggregators – Any and all!
  • 18. Partners in Open Zone Wireless
    Participation for $15,000,000 Pilot
    $5 million – Lionchase Holdings
    $5 million – NGO Participation
    $ 5 million – Private Markets – Country Funding
  • 19. Benefits
    Africa Gains Fast Launch
    Data Collection – 1st in the World
    Financed with Self-Funding Strategy
    Bring Fast-Paced Technology to Africa and Host African Nation
  • 20. Needs – More Partners!
    Advocacy Groups
    Small investors, App companies, People here!
    Help Creating 1st Fully Democratized Device Network
    Any and all ideas
    Other Self-Funding Projects