Building aRobustTelecommunicationsEcology withVillage Telco  Steve Song  LIFT12
South AfricaVodacom WirelessCoverage Map
ZimbabweEconet WirelessCoverage Map
When access isexpensive, it’s hard tolearn to play the game
Resilience
Telephone          InternetInfrastructure   Infrastructure
Super       SuperfluousComputing    Computing
United States   Ethiopia  Uganda
The Unlicensed Ecosystem
Growth of WiFiSource: Daily Wireless – www.dailywireless.org/2012/02/08/hotspot-2-0/
HackingHardware
A               Simple                IdeaAnalogue       WirelessTelephony      AccessAdaptor        Pointfor ordinaryphones
Beta       ConceptProduction   Prototype
Not Your Average Wifi Device                         Outdoor Ready                         Weatherised                    ...
Mesh Potato Installation
ISP
East TimorLemi SoaresDiliTimor Leste
Wayne AbroueGriqua CommunitySouth Africa
Rael LissoosJohannesburgSouth Africa
Plans for 2012Mesh Potato 2.0  Open Source  Open Hardware  Faster  Cheaper
A Parting Thought...
But only if we act together…
How to getinvolvedIf you would like to support aVillage Telco directly, pleaseget in touch:steve@villagetelco.orgtwitter @...
Image Credits   Google Server by NiallKennedy                          Rael Lissoos by edyson   http://www.flickr.com/phot...
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco
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LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco

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My talk about telecoms in Africa and the motivation behind Village Telco. The streaming video of the talk can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldd7SIiuJGg

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LIFT12 Conference - Village Telco

  1. 1. Building aRobustTelecommunicationsEcology withVillage Telco Steve Song LIFT12
  2. 2. South AfricaVodacom WirelessCoverage Map
  3. 3. ZimbabweEconet WirelessCoverage Map
  4. 4. When access isexpensive, it’s hard tolearn to play the game
  5. 5. Resilience
  6. 6. Telephone InternetInfrastructure Infrastructure
  7. 7. Super SuperfluousComputing Computing
  8. 8. United States Ethiopia Uganda
  9. 9. The Unlicensed Ecosystem
  10. 10. Growth of WiFiSource: Daily Wireless – www.dailywireless.org/2012/02/08/hotspot-2-0/
  11. 11. HackingHardware
  12. 12. A Simple IdeaAnalogue WirelessTelephony AccessAdaptor Pointfor ordinaryphones
  13. 13. Beta ConceptProduction Prototype
  14. 14. Not Your Average Wifi Device Outdoor Ready Weatherised UV Protected Tough Sealed Unit Capable of surviving line spike, brownouts, power surges. Flexible Accepts 9-40V Can be powered via phone or data line
  15. 15. Mesh Potato Installation
  16. 16. ISP
  17. 17. East TimorLemi SoaresDiliTimor Leste
  18. 18. Wayne AbroueGriqua CommunitySouth Africa
  19. 19. Rael LissoosJohannesburgSouth Africa
  20. 20. Plans for 2012Mesh Potato 2.0  Open Source  Open Hardware  Faster  Cheaper
  21. 21. A Parting Thought...
  22. 22. But only if we act together…
  23. 23. How to getinvolvedIf you would like to support aVillage Telco directly, pleaseget in touch:steve@villagetelco.orgtwitter @stevesongIf you’re a developer, engineer, orentrepreneur, or just interested,please join us in the Village Telcodevelopment community athttp://bit.ly/vt-communityhttp://villagetelco.org twitter @villagetelco
  24. 24. Image Credits Google Server by NiallKennedy Rael Lissoos by edyson http://www.flickr.com/photos/niallkennedy/102932643 http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/2340944921/ BY NC BY NC IBM Blue Gene by Argonne National Library Antenna Setup by Razvan Caliman http://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/3334947628 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsk/2760922792/# BY SA BY Telephone Box by Vissago Fibre Optic Sensors by PNNL http://www.flickr.com/photos/vissago/4249091962/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnnl/3638446385/ BY NC BY NC SA Telephone Line by fernando http://www.flickr.com/photos/ernando/522949553/ BY SA Scaffolding in Addis Ababa Courtesy Owen Barder http://www.owen.org Blackjack by Shannon K http://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonmary/3040998286/ BY SA ND Reserved Parking Licensed from iStockPhoto http://www.istockphoto.com Weakest Link http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayvando707/6843918403/ All Rights Reserved - Re-used by permission Other photos CC BY SA Village Telco

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