A Digitally
                                  Inclusive
                                 South Africa
                    ...
Why digital
                                                                 inclusion?
                                  ...
Telecom infrastructure is
the Cardiovascular System
                                   of the
    Knowledge Economy


  ww...
YouTube vs. Television
  In the 60 years since the 3
  largest U.S. networks began
  broadcasting, one can imagine
  about...
YouTube

        9232 hours/day
    ●


        385 always on
    ●

        channels
        200,000 3-
    ●

        mi...
www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
Quake Catcher Network




www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
But in Africa...
    In relative terms SA

    is falling behind

    Costs still higher

    than neighbouring
    coun...
Global Trends 2008




High-Quality Broadband Essential to Growth of the World’s Knowledge
Economies – Oxford Said Busines...
Under-
                                  sea
                                 Cables
                                   in...
Television
                                      Cdn 105 Mhz
Spectrum                                Auction



          ...
The Democratisation of
   Telecom Infrastructure

   Telephone
                                    =   “connect out”
Infra...
ICTs are steadily declining in
            cost

                                    inexpensive
                         ...
Open Source Software




www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
Telco 2.0

Web2.0 is changing how we understand
media, participation, publishing, copyright,
and that is just the beginnin...
www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
Photo Credits – CC

Mosquito
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gyuvallos/71410563/sizes/o/


Cardiovascular System
http://www.f...
Thanks!

                    Steve Song
       mail:        steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org
     skype:         stev...
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A Digitally Inclusive South Africa

  1. 1. A Digitally Inclusive South Africa Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  2. 2. Why digital inclusion? A tide that raises all ships the power to transcend  space and time a general purpose enabler  the immediacy of ideas  the location of innovation  www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hint-of-plum/
  3. 3. Telecom infrastructure is the Cardiovascular System of the Knowledge Economy www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  4. 4. YouTube vs. Television In the 60 years since the 3 largest U.S. networks began broadcasting, one can imagine about 1.5 million hours of programming. 3 networks x 60 years x 365 days x 24 hours 1.5 million hours of programming = YouTube produces this much content in six months. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Courtesy Michael Wesch, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
  5. 5. YouTube 9232 hours/day ● 385 always on ● channels 200,000 3- ● minute videos www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Courtesy Michael Wesch, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube
  6. 6. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  7. 7. Quake Catcher Network www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  8. 8. But in Africa... In relative terms SA  is falling behind Costs still higher  than neighbouring countries There is a need for  a shared vision among industry, government, and consumers www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  9. 9. Global Trends 2008 High-Quality Broadband Essential to Growth of the World’s Knowledge Economies – Oxford Said Business School – Press Release Sept 2008 www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  10. 10. Under- sea Cables in 2010? www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  11. 11. Television Cdn 105 Mhz Spectrum Auction White Open Spaces Alliance Standards for Spectrum 700Mhz Mobile Auctions Spectrum Spectrum WiMax WiFi Commons www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  12. 12. The Democratisation of Telecom Infrastructure Telephone = “connect out” Infrastructure = Internet “connect in” Infrastructure www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  13. 13. ICTs are steadily declining in cost inexpensive off-the-shelf broadband technology www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  14. 14. Open Source Software www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  15. 15. Telco 2.0 Web2.0 is changing how we understand media, participation, publishing, copyright, and that is just the beginning. What might happen if telecommunication infrastructure became cheap enough and simple enough that anyone could set up a telco? www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  16. 16. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  17. 17. Photo Credits – CC Mosquito http://www.flickr.com/photos/gyuvallos/71410563/sizes/o/ Cardiovascular System http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrlynch/ Hand with phone http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/sizes/l/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  18. 18. Thanks! Steve Song mail: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org skype: steve_l_song blog: http://manypossibilities.net twitter: stevesong del.icio.us: ssong www.shuttleworthfoundation.org

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