Tech4Africa - The Village Telco


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My talk about the state of communication infrastructure in Africa and why the Village Telco might be a positive force for change.

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  • Tech4Africa - The Village Telco, by Steve Song

    I personally think the powerpoint is good, but some of the slides can be better, in terms of contrast and emphasis, for example the chart of the internet users in Africa and the World.

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Tech4Africa - The Village Telco

  1. The Village Telco or 3 pieces of kit for a neighborhood network Steve Song Shuttleworth Foundation 12 August 2010
  2. an easy-to-use, scalable, standards-based, wireless, local, do-it-yourself, telephone company toolkit
  3. Africa
  4. World
  6. 1 2 Efficiency Innovation Communication networks are potentially enablers of both efficiency and innovation
  7. 50% Percentage of disposable income spent on mobile services in Africa.
  8. To enable innovation... ...lower the cost of failure When failure is expensive, the lesson learned is to stop wasting money.
  9. It's the economy, Stupid! Bill Clinton famously captured the essence of necessary change in 1992
  10. It's the cost of access, Stupid! What an inspired African leader might say about change needed in communication networks
  11. Yesterday Today complexity uncertainty unpredictability command build it and & control you can come trial and error is the new planning
  12. 1995 2010 Walled Gardens
  13. Q. What do these two things have in common? A. You don't have access to the recipe. trial and error is the new planning
  14. quantity is the new quality
  15. United States Uganda quantity is the new quality
  16. hardware is the new software
  17. hardware is the new software
  18. what's needed is a paradigm shift in how we think about telecom networks
  19. June 2008 – The Birth of the Mesh Potato
  20. embedded Linux telephony development Afrimesh toolkit mesh management and mapping payg voice billing system for Asterisk powered by Open Source
  21. Elektra Rael Lissoos David Rowe What really drives the Village Telco.... people
  22. o r e rr co iit'' ts & acc st o s l th th es f ee tr ia he new s is t stupid! planning ware qua hard n tity new is is the are qu t he ne tw w a of lity s
  23. Looking for... ✔ Volunteers ✔ Partners ✔ Investors
  24. Steve Song Founder Village Telco email: blog: skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
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