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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

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
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    • 1. Building aRobustTelecommunicationsEcology withVillage Telco Steve Song LIFT12
    • 2. South AfricaVodacom WirelessCoverage Map
    • 3. ZimbabweEconet WirelessCoverage Map
    • 4. When access isexpensive, it’s hard tolearn to play the game
    • 5. Resilience
    • 6. Telephone InternetInfrastructure Infrastructure
    • 7. Super SuperfluousComputing Computing
    • 8. United States Ethiopia Uganda
    • 9. The Unlicensed Ecosystem
    • 10. Growth of WiFiSource: Daily Wireless – www.dailywireless.org/2012/02/08/hotspot-2-0/
    • 11. HackingHardware
    • 12. A Simple IdeaAnalogue WirelessTelephony AccessAdaptor Pointfor ordinaryphones
    • 13. Beta ConceptProduction Prototype
    • 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. Mesh Potato Installation
    • 16. ISP
    • 17. East TimorLemi SoaresDiliTimor Leste
    • 18. Wayne AbroueGriqua CommunitySouth Africa
    • 19. Rael LissoosJohannesburgSouth Africa
    • 20. Plans for 2012Mesh Potato 2.0  Open Source  Open Hardware  Faster  Cheaper
    • 21. A Parting Thought...
    • 22. But only if we act together…
    • 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. 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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