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Alfred Terzoli Presentation

  1. 1. Sustainability? Alfredo Terzoli Rhodes and Fort Hare Universities Sangonet ICT4RD 1-3 Nov 2011 Wanderers Club, Sandton 1
  2. 2. The puzzle How to make possiblereal & empowering ICT deployment in marginalized / disadvantaged areas 2
  3. 3. Why is it not working?• the cost of ICT infrastructure is too high to be supported only by the resources in marginalized areas.• the applications that are relevant in this context are just a handful and rarely move beyond the proof of concept• the expertise of standard ICT solution providers is at best inadequate 3
  4. 4. 2009 Siyakhula Living Lab Management Unit Telkom CoEs 20051997 RU Siyakhula Living Lab 1997 UFH 2010 Reed House Systems (software house) 4
  5. 5. What is needed?• something that reverses the classic telco equation: the resources to support the local infrastructure have to come from the outside, rather then from the inside• a way to maximize the utilization of any ICT infrastructure• real, well organized software production centres, with good current software engineering practices, as well as specialized ICT solutions providers 5
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  7. 7. Connectivity blueprint• A broadband island that connects as many Points of Presence as possible (Digital Access Nodes, DANs)• DANs located in schools but open to the community and running non proprietary, open source software• Low cost, thin-client infrastructure (as server a cluster of ‘refurbished’ computers)• Broadband island connected to the Internet by whatever means possible• And the cellphones? Great but... 7
  8. 8. • Applications?• Software production Centre?• ICT solution provider? 8
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  10. 10. • Moves software production in ICT4D to an industrial standard, in terms of architecture and quality• Builds a reference implementation for practitioners in ICT4D, through which is possible to reverse the ‘telco equation’• Creates an entrepreneurial space within ICT4D 10
  11. 11. Putting it together• How can this work and solve the puzzle? (The business model, in other terms) 11
  12. 12. The business model1. An entity (possibly a consortium) sets up a broadband island, complete with TeleWeaver.2. The entity activates pre-set contracts with other public and private entities for them to access the users of the broadband island. Also, the entity collects revenues from users, if smaller.3. Over time, and with the increase of these contracts and the associated applications, as well as the increase of money available locally, the installation transforms from a cost to a revenue centre. 12
  13. 13. Sustainability? Alfredo TerzoliRhodes and Fort Hare Universities Sangonet ICT4RD Conference 1-3 Nov 2011 Wanderers Club, Sandton 13
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  15. 15. e-commerce to support art and craft 15
  16. 16. a point of presence is used for training 16

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