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Village Telco - TEDx Newtown


My TEDx talk on the Village Telco and the Mesh Potato …

My TEDx talk on the Village Telco and the Mesh Potato

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  • Mobile services for poor people are still far to expensive
  • Eric Schmidit, Larry Page and Sergey Brin


  • 1. The Village Telco and The Mesh Potato a TEDx talk 18 September 2009 Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: blog: skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
  • 2. Connectedness
  • 3. The average Kenyan spends more than 50% of their disposable income on mobile services.
  • 4. Communication Networks 12 Efficiencies Innovation
  • 5. 1. Tinkering is the new inventing
  • 6. “Economic growth occurs whenever people take resources and rearrange them in ways that are more valuable. A useful metaphor for production in an economy comes from the kitchen. To create valuable final products, we mix inexpensive ingredients together according to a recipe.” - Paul Romer
  • 7. What would happen if everyone had the freedom to tinker and adapt their telephone networks?
  • 8. 2. Emergence is the new order
  • 9. From a mechanistic metaphor...
  • 10. ... to a more organic, living metaphor
  • 11. Telephone Internet Infrastructure Infrastructure
  • 12. What would happen if we could deploy telephone networks more like Internet networks?
  • 13. 3. Quantity is the new quality
  • 14. Google's Search Servers Lots of inexpensive commodity technology outperforms expensive custom made servers.
  • 15. What would happen if telephone infrastructure were so cheap anyone could deploy it?
  • 16. 4. Atoms are the new bits
  • 17. The Cantenna
  • 18. What would happen if we could design our own telecom infrastructure?
  • 19. paradigm shift
  • 20. 1995 Walled gardens
  • 21. 2009 Walled gardens
  • 22. expensive, locked down telecoms in Africa + cheap, tinkerable, broadband technology = opportunity
  • 23. Village telco workshop June 2008
  • 24. Elektra Rael Lissoos David Rowe
  • 25. Early 2009
  • 26. 2011?
  • 27. Come join us!
  • 28. Creative Commons Spice Market by GavinBell WRT54G by pabojon BY NC ND BY NC SA Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page by Joi Linksys WRT54G Hacking by RobotSkirts BY BY SA before the Internet... by Esthr Day 107 – Tinkering by JonSaunders BY NC network neurons 2 by gerard79 Mosquitoe BY BY NC With Age Comes Complexity by Ecstaticist Google Server by NiallKennedy BY NC SA BY NC
  • 29. Creative Commons Paradigm shift keyboard USB hub installed into ASUS eeepc by ©h@n BY NC SA BY NC ND Internet Map hello, world by oskay 024.jpg BY BY Eyes of Fubuki, #2 by krazydad / jbum Informal Settlement - by imraani BY NC SA BY NC SA time by ŽakQ100 BY NC SA
  • 30. Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: blog: skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong