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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

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 a Robust Telecommunications Ecology with Village Telco Steve Song LIFT12
  2. 2. South Africa Vodacom Wireless Coverage Map
  3. 3. Zimbabwe Econet Wireless Coverage Map
  4. 4. When access is expensive, it’s hard to learn to play the game
  5. 5. Resilience
  6. 6. Telephone Internet Infrastructure Infrastructure
  7. 7. Super Superfluous Computing Computing
  8. 8. United States Ethiopia Uganda
  9. 9. The Unlicensed Ecosystem
  10. 10. Growth of WiFi Source: Daily Wireless – www.dailywireless.org/2012/02/08/hotspot-2-0/
  11. 11. Hacking Hardware
  12. 12. A Simple Idea Analogue Wireless Telephony Access Adaptor Point for ordinary phones
  13. 13. Beta Concept Production 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 Timor Lemi Soares Dili Timor Leste
  18. 18. Wayne Abroue Griqua Community South Africa
  19. 19. Rael Lissoos Johannesburg South Africa
  20. 20. Plans for 2012 Mesh 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 get involved If you would like to support a Village Telco directly, please get in touch: steve@villagetelco.org twitter @stevesong If you’re a developer, engineer, or entrepreneur, or just interested, please join us in the Village Telco development community at http://bit.ly/vt-community http://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

Editor's Notes

  • Mobile CoverageWhile covering a large percentage of the population, it doesn’t cover that much of the country.
  • Lack of Access to Radio Spectrum Constrains Competition and GrowthMost mobile spectrum is controlled by a few incumbents who have a great deal of influence over the market
  • The Birth of the Mesh PotatoWorkshop in South Africa to ask the question, how to scale WiFi-based voice and data services. Experimented with various options, technologies.
  • Genesis of the Mesh PotatoMy poor artist’s conceptPrototype literally hacked into an existing Wireless AP200 beta unitsFinal production version.
  • Mesh Potato FeaturesNot your average access point.UV protected plastic. Single body molding.Accepts anything from 9-40VDC, so can be powered easily by alternative sources… e.g. car battery, solar.Toughened for rural Africa. Capable of withstanding line spikes, power surges, brownouts, anything short of a direct lightning strike.Accepts power via power points, Power Over Telephone Line, Power Over EthernetBased one Open Source technologies. OpenWRT, BATMAN, Asterisk, etc
  • Wayne AbroueEastern Cape South AfricaGriqua people’s enclaveInitially built a 40km WiFi linkSuccumbed to demand from friends and familyNow cnnects advice centres, creches, welfare kitchensStarted as a free service, now a non-profit organisationMixture of technologies
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