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  • Mobile services for poor people are still far to expensive
  • Eric Schmidit, Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • Village Telco - TEDx Newtown

    1. 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. 2. Connectedness
    3. 3. The average Kenyan spends more than 50% of their disposable income on mobile services.
    4. 4. Communication Networks 12 Efficiencies Innovation
    5. 5. 1. Tinkering is the new inventing
    6. 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. 7. What would happen if everyone had the freedom to tinker and adapt their telephone networks?
    8. 8. 2. Emergence is the new order
    9. 9. From a mechanistic metaphor...
    10. 10. ... to a more organic, living metaphor
    11. 11. Telephone Internet Infrastructure Infrastructure
    12. 12. What would happen if we could deploy telephone networks more like Internet networks?
    13. 13. 3. Quantity is the new quality
    14. 14. Google's Search Servers Lots of inexpensive commodity technology outperforms expensive custom made servers.
    15. 15. What would happen if telephone infrastructure were so cheap anyone could deploy it?
    16. 16. 4. Atoms are the new bits
    17. 17. The Cantenna
    18. 18. What would happen if we could design our own telecom infrastructure?
    19. 19. paradigm shift
    20. 20. 1995 Walled gardens
    21. 21. 2009 Walled gardens
    22. 22. expensive, locked down telecoms in Africa + cheap, tinkerable, broadband technology = opportunity
    23. 23. Village telco workshop June 2008
    24. 24. Elektra Rael Lissoos David Rowe
    25. 25. Early 2009
    26. 26. 2011?
    27. 27. Come join us!
    28. 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. 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. 30. Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: blog: skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong