Spectrum Auctions Are Killing Competition And Failing Rural Access

If you are reading this, you are already within a narrow cross-section of people whose eyes have not rolled up into their heads at seeing the term “spectrum auctions” in a headline. The rules of how wireless spectrum is made...

/ 4 April 2019

Rethinking Affordable Access

Everyone needs affordable access to communication. Affordable access strategies that don’t target everyone end up magnifying the digital divide in a kind of Matthew effect: those with affordable phone/internet services have access to ever increasing education resources, opportunities, services, social...

/ 1 February 2019

African Telecommunications Infrastructure in 2018

Welcome to the 5th annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa. This review combines my analysis of the last 12 months as well as links to over 350 articles covering a range of African telecom infrastructure development issues in...

/ 22 January 2019

Fibre Feudalism

Rapidly growing demand for broadband is changing the landscape of African telecommunications infrastructure.  This change has been enabled by the spread of both undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure, as well as the proliferation of low-cost smartphones, which can deliver...

/ 3 October 2018