VillageTelco FOSDEM WirelessDialog

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VillageTelco FOSDEM WirelessDialog

  1. 1. VillageTelco Project Don Onwunumah
  2. 2. Who am I?• Software Engineer• Founder/CTO WirelessDialog
  3. 3. What is Village Telco?• Low cost community telephone network• Sets up in minutes• No mobile phone towers or wired lines• Wireless mesh technology
  4. 4. Why?• Remote Rural Regions• Ignored by Telcos• Mobile phone use very expensive• 50 % of income on mobile services• Not only the developing world - Community wireless and telephony not owned by Government
  5. 5. Features• Emergent Telephone Networks• Locally Owned• No Spectrum License• Freedom to Innovate• Rapid Deployment
  6. 6. Truly Open Source
  7. 7. Example Deployment “Mcdonalds” Model• Franchise to low income local entrepreneur• Provide equipment, expertise, training and support• Tele kiosks in villages Internet access, telephony, photographs, printing, web design etc• Profits go back into getting more equipment
  8. 8. Contact• www.villagetelco.org • www.wireless-dialog.com• groups.google.com/group/village- • info@wireless-dialog.com telco-dev/

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