Building aRobustTelecommunicationsEcology withVillage Telco  Steve Song  LIFT12
South AfricaVodacom WirelessCoverage Map
ZimbabweEconet WirelessCoverage Map
When access isexpensive, it’s hard tolearn to play the game
Resilience
Telephone          InternetInfrastructure   Infrastructure
Super       SuperfluousComputing    Computing
United States   Ethiopia  Uganda
The Unlicensed Ecosystem
Growth of WiFiSource: Daily Wireless – www.dailywireless.org/2012/02/08/hotspot-2-0/
HackingHardware
A               Simple                IdeaAnalogue       WirelessTelephony      AccessAdaptor        Pointfor ordinaryphones
Beta       ConceptProduction   Prototype
Not Your Average Wifi Device                         Outdoor Ready                         Weatherised                    ...
Mesh Potato Installation
ISP
East TimorLemi SoaresDiliTimor Leste
Wayne AbroueGriqua CommunitySouth Africa
Rael LissoosJohannesburgSouth Africa
Plans for 2012Mesh Potato 2.0  Open Source  Open Hardware  Faster  Cheaper
A Parting Thought...
But only if we act together…
How to getinvolvedIf you would like to support aVillage Telco directly, pleaseget in touch:steve@villagetelco.orgtwitter @...
Image Credits   Google Server by NiallKennedy                          Rael Lissoos by edyson   http://www.flickr.com/phot...
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
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My talk about telecoms in Africa and the motivation behind Village Telco. The streaming video of the talk can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldd7SIiuJGg

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  • Mobile CoverageWhile covering a large percentage of the population, it doesn’t cover that much of the country.
  • Lack of Access to Radio Spectrum Constrains Competition and GrowthMost mobile spectrum is controlled by a few incumbents who have a great deal of influence over the market
  • The Birth of the Mesh PotatoWorkshop in South Africa to ask the question, how to scale WiFi-based voice and data services. Experimented with various options, technologies.
  • Genesis of the Mesh PotatoMy poor artist’s conceptPrototype literally hacked into an existing Wireless AP200 beta unitsFinal production version.
  • Mesh Potato FeaturesNot your average access point.UV protected plastic. Single body molding.Accepts anything from 9-40VDC, so can be powered easily by alternative sources… e.g. car battery, solar.Toughened for rural Africa. Capable of withstanding line spikes, power surges, brownouts, anything short of a direct lightning strike.Accepts power via power points, Power Over Telephone Line, Power Over EthernetBased one Open Source technologies. OpenWRT, BATMAN, Asterisk, etc
  • Wayne AbroueEastern Cape South AfricaGriqua people’s enclaveInitially built a 40km WiFi linkSuccumbed to demand from friends and familyNow cnnects advice centres, creches, welfare kitchensStarted as a free service, now a non-profit organisationMixture of technologies
  • LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco

    1. 1. Building aRobustTelecommunicationsEcology withVillage Telco Steve Song LIFT12
    2. 2. South AfricaVodacom WirelessCoverage Map
    3. 3. ZimbabweEconet WirelessCoverage Map
    4. 4. When access isexpensive, it’s hard tolearn to play the game
    5. 5. Resilience
    6. 6. Telephone InternetInfrastructure Infrastructure
    7. 7. Super SuperfluousComputing Computing
    8. 8. United States Ethiopia Uganda
    9. 9. The Unlicensed Ecosystem
    10. 10. Growth of WiFiSource: Daily Wireless – www.dailywireless.org/2012/02/08/hotspot-2-0/
    11. 11. HackingHardware
    12. 12. A Simple IdeaAnalogue WirelessTelephony AccessAdaptor Pointfor ordinaryphones
    13. 13. Beta ConceptProduction Prototype
    14. 14. Not Your Average Wifi Device Outdoor Ready Weatherised UV Protected Tough Sealed Unit Capable of surviving line spike, brownouts, power surges. Flexible Accepts 9-40V Can be powered via phone or data line
    15. 15. Mesh Potato Installation
    16. 16. ISP
    17. 17. East TimorLemi SoaresDiliTimor Leste
    18. 18. Wayne AbroueGriqua CommunitySouth Africa
    19. 19. Rael LissoosJohannesburgSouth Africa
    20. 20. Plans for 2012Mesh Potato 2.0  Open Source  Open Hardware  Faster  Cheaper
    21. 21. A Parting Thought...
    22. 22. But only if we act together…
    23. 23. How to getinvolvedIf you would like to support aVillage Telco directly, pleaseget in touch:steve@villagetelco.orgtwitter @stevesongIf you’re a developer, engineer, orentrepreneur, or just interested,please join us in the Village Telcodevelopment community athttp://bit.ly/vt-communityhttp://villagetelco.org twitter @villagetelco
    24. 24. Image Credits Google Server by NiallKennedy Rael Lissoos by edyson http://www.flickr.com/photos/niallkennedy/102932643 http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/2340944921/ BY NC BY NC IBM Blue Gene by Argonne National Library Antenna Setup by Razvan Caliman http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/3334947628 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsk/2760922792/# BY SA BY Telephone Box by Vissago Fibre Optic Sensors by PNNL http://www.flickr.com/photos/vissago/4249091962/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnnl/3638446385/ BY NC BY NC SA Telephone Line by fernando http://www.flickr.com/photos/ernando/522949553/ BY SA Scaffolding in Addis Ababa Courtesy Owen Barder http://www.owen.org Blackjack by Shannon K http://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonmary/3040998286/ BY SA ND Reserved Parking Licensed from iStockPhoto http://www.istockphoto.com Weakest Link http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayvando707/6843918403/ All Rights Reserved - Re-used by permission Other photos CC BY SA Village Telco

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