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I am something of a jack-of-all-trades in the world of affordable access to communication infrastructure. I am at various times a researcher, an entrepreneur, a community mobiliser, and an advocate for cheaper, more equitable, more pervasive access to communication infrastructure. This year (2018) I am a half-time Fellow in Residence at the Mozilla Foundation. I am also a research associate with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) where I work to expand the use of wireless technologies through more progressive spectrum strategies. I have written extensively on African telecommunications infrastructure and Internet issues in general since 2008.  Since 2009, I’ve actively maintained public maps of undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure in Africa.

I am the founder of Village Telco, a social enterprise that manufactures low-cost WiFi mesh VoIP technologies to deliver affordable voice and Internet service in under-serviced areas.

Prior to that I was lucky enough to have a fellowship for three years with the Shuttleworth Foundation to work on telecommunications and access issues in South Africa.  And before joining the Foundation, I spent 10 years at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa funding and engaging in research into Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) issues, mostly in Africa.

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  4. […] courtesy of Steve Song at his blog, Many Possibilities. He used to be a specialist at ICTD – Information and Communication Technology for Development, and […]

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  8. […] Sub-Saharan Africa office is funding a project by Steve Song to create a comprehensive map of all terrestrial broadband fibre-optic cables in Africa.  Using […]

  9. […] first met Stephen Song through the Ashoka Globalizer program, where he helped us develop our framework for thinking […]

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