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VoIP technologies are re-shaping how we understand telephony and telephone companies. The Village Telco takes advantage of low-cost wireless and VoIP technologies to offer communities and......

VoIP technologies are re-shaping how we understand telephony and telephone companies. The Village Telco takes advantage of low-cost wireless and VoIP technologies to offer communities and entrepreneurs the tools to build their own grassroots telephone companies.

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  • 1. Steve Song The Village Telco
  • 2. an easy-to-use, scalable, standards-based, wireless, local, do-it-yourself, telephone company toolkit
  • 3. 1 Efficiency Communication networks are potentially enablers of both efficiency and innovation 2 Innovation
  • 4. 50% Percentage of disposable income spent on mobile services in Africa.
  • 5. http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2009/11/full-interview-clay-shirky/ ...lower the cost of failure To enable innovation... When failure is expensive, the lesson learned is to stop wasting money.
  • 6. It's the economy , Stupid! Bill Clinton famously captured the essence of necessary change in 1992
  • 7. It's the cost of access , Stupid! What an inspired African leader might say about change needed in communication networks
  • 8. Yesterday Today trial and error is the new planning build it and you can come complexity uncertainty unpredictability command & control
  • 9. Walled Gardens 1995 2010
  • 10. trial and error is the new planning Q. What do these two things have in common? A. You don't have access to the recipe.
  • 11. quantity is the new quality United States Uganda
  • 12. quantity is the new quality
  • 13. hardware is the new software
  • 14. hardware is the new software
  • 15. what's needed is a paradigm shift in how we think about telecom networks
  • 16. June 2008 – The Birth of the Mesh Potato
  • 17. telephony development toolkit payg voice billing system for Asterisk mesh management and mapping Afrimesh embedded Linux powered by Open Source
  • 18. David Rowe Elektra Rael Lissoos What really drives the Village Telco.... people
  • 19. trial & error planning is the new quantity quality is the new hardware software cost of access is the new it's the it's the stupid!
  • 20.
    • Looking for...
    • Volunteers
    • Partners
    • Investors
  • 21. Steve Song Founder Village Telco http://villagetelco.org email: [email_address] blog: http://manypossibilities.net skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
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