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Slides from a talk I gave last week to the IFLA Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) event in Cape Town. Covers the state of access in South Africa and the Village Telco project

Slides from a talk I gave last week to the IFLA Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) event in Cape Town. Covers the state of access in South Africa and the Village Telco project

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Faife 08102008 V1 Stevesong

  1. 1. The Importance of Being Connected Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  2. 2. Shuttleworth Foundation Goals www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  3. 3. Why voice and data? A tide that raises all ships  the power to transcend space and time  a general purpose enabler  the immediacy of ideas  the location of innovation www.shuttleworthfoundation.org Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hint-of-plum/
  4. 4. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  5. 5. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  6. 6. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  7. 7. Telecoms: The Cardiovascular System of the Knowledge Economy www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  8. 8. Quake Catcher Network www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  9. 9. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  10. 10. But in Africa...  In relative terms SA is falling behind  Costs still higher than neighbouring countries  There is a need for a shared vision among industry, government, and consumers www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  11. 11. Telecommunications Telecom Policy Connected Cities Democratisation of Access www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  12. 12. The Democratisation of Telecom Infrastructure Telephone Infrastructure = “connect out” Internet Infrastructure = “connect in” Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  13. 13. cheap off-the-shelf broadband technology www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  14. 14. Open Source Software www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  15. 15. www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  16. 16. Dabba.co.za an initiative to assemble/develop the cheapest, easiest to setup, easiest to manage, scalable, Open Source, standards-based, wireless local do-it-yourself telephone company toolkit in the world. Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  17. 17. Dabba.co.za Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  18. 18. Business Model So what can you build for $5000? And could you break even in 6 months? www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  19. 19. Village Telco - Beta Server Primary Access 40 Mesh Potatoes Point www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  20. 20. The Mesh Potato Projected Cost: USD 60 per unit www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  21. 21. Prototypical Village Telco www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  22. 22. Village Telco Orange Farm Khayalitsha VTelco VTelco upstream Village provider Telco Open Source Internet Project Solutions www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  23. 23. Photo Credits – CC Mosquito http://www.flickr.com/photos/gyuvallos/71410563/sizes/o/ Street dug up http://www.flickr.com/photos/swissdave/2590610314/sizes/o/ Street Fibre http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/665366/sizes/o/in/set-17044/ High Wires http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangeyouhappy/2174454854/sizes/l/ Cardiovascular System http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrlynch/ Hand with phone http://www.flickr.com/photos/whiteafrican/2736565604/sizes/l/ www.shuttleworthfoundation.org
  24. 24. Thanks! Steve Song steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org skype: steve_l_song www.shuttleworthfoundation.org

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