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The Village Telco - A WiFi Mesh Telephone Network - By Steve Song


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VoIP technologies are re-shaping how we understand telephony and telephone companies. The Village Telco takes advantage of low-cost wireless and VoIP technologies to offer communities and entrepreneurs the tools to build their own grassroots telephone companies.

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The Village Telco - A WiFi Mesh Telephone Network - By Steve Song

  1. 1. Steve Song The Village Telco
  2. 2. an easy-to-use, scalable, standards-based, wireless, local, do-it-yourself, telephone company toolkit
  3. 3. 1 Efficiency Communication networks are potentially enablers of both efficiency and innovation 2 Innovation
  4. 4. 50% Percentage of disposable income spent on mobile services in Africa.
  5. 5. ...lower the cost of failure To enable innovation... When failure is expensive, the lesson learned is to stop wasting money.
  6. 6. It's the economy , Stupid! Bill Clinton famously captured the essence of necessary change in 1992
  7. 7. It's the cost of access , Stupid! What an inspired African leader might say about change needed in communication networks
  8. 8. Yesterday Today trial and error is the new planning build it and you can come complexity uncertainty unpredictability command & control
  9. 9. Walled Gardens 1995 2010
  10. 10. trial and error is the new planning Q. What do these two things have in common? A. You don't have access to the recipe.
  11. 11. quantity is the new quality United States Uganda
  12. 12. quantity is the new quality
  13. 13. hardware is the new software
  14. 14. hardware is the new software
  15. 15. what's needed is a paradigm shift in how we think about telecom networks
  16. 16. June 2008 – The Birth of the Mesh Potato
  17. 17. telephony development toolkit payg voice billing system for Asterisk mesh management and mapping Afrimesh embedded Linux powered by Open Source
  18. 18. David Rowe Elektra Rael Lissoos What really drives the Village Telco.... people
  19. 19. trial & error planning is the new quantity quality is the new hardware software cost of access is the new it's the it's the stupid!
  20. 20. <ul><li>Looking for... </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Investors </li></ul>
  21. 21. Steve Song Founder Village Telco email: [email_address] blog: skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
  22. 22. Creative Commons Spice Market by GavinBell BY NC ND Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page by Joi BY Paradigm shift keyboard BY NC SA Internet Map BY Pop!Tech 2008 - Clay Shirky by Pop!tech BY Bill Clinton by Chris Denbow BY Jacob Zuma by worldeconomicforum BY SA WRT54G by pabojon BY NC SA Linksys WRT54G Hacking by RobotSkirts BY SA Google Server by NiallKennedy BY NC Garden Maze by tojosan BY NC SA gadgets: tuning peg by Jonathan Cohen BY NC Rabble by WhiteAfrican BY Nokia Phone BY NC