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Slides from a talk I gave last week to the IFLA Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) event in Cape Town. Covers the state of access in South Africa and the …

Slides from a talk I gave last week to the IFLA Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) event in Cape Town. Covers the state of access in South Africa and the Village Telco project

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  • 1. The Importance of Being Connected Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 2. Shuttleworth Foundation Goals www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 3. Why voice and data? 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/
  • 4. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 5. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 6. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 7. Telecoms: The Cardiovascular System of the Knowledge Economy www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 8. Quake Catcher Network www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 9. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Telecommunications Telecom Policy Connected Cities Democratisation of Access www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 12. The Democratisation of Telecom Infrastructure Telephone Infrastructure = “connect out” Internet Infrastructure = “connect in” Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 13. cheap off-the-shelf broadband technology www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 14. Open Source Software www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 15. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 16. Dabba.co.za an initiative to assemble/develop the cheapest, easiest to setup, easiest to manage, scalable, Open Source, standards-based, wireless local do-it-yourself telephone company toolkit in the world. Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 17. Dabba.co.za Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 18. Business Model So what can you build for $5000? And could you break even in 6 months? www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 19. Village Telco - Beta Server Primary Access 40 Mesh Potatoes Point www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 20. The Mesh Potato Projected Cost: USD 60 per unit www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 21. Prototypical Village Telco www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 22. Village Telco Orange Farm Khayalitsha VTelco VTelco upstream Village provider Telco Open Source Internet Project Solutions www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 23. Photo Credits – CC Mosquito http://www.flickr.com/photos/gyuvallos/71410563/sizes/o/ Street dug up http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissdave/2590610314/sizes/o/ Street Fibre http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/665366/sizes/o/in/set-17044/ High Wires http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangeyouhappy/2174454854/sizes/l/ Cardiovascular System http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrlynch/ Hand with phone http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/sizes/l/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  • 24. Thanks! Steve Song steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org skype: steve_l_song www.shuttleworthfoundation.org

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