All posts by Steve Song

@stevesong local telco policy activist. social entrepreneur. founder of @villagetelco #africa #telecoms #opensource #privacy #wireless #spectrum #data

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Failure to TED

Recently a bot informed me that it was the 2 year anniversary of my speaking at TED Global 2014.  And that reminded me of what I have been putting off writing for a while, putting off well, because I find it...

/ 16 November 2016
SANRAL, MTN, Neotel and Vodacom are jointly installing more than 5000 km of fibre-optic network along South Africa's major highways. Two tubes are being installed for each operator. Each length of tubing is 1000 m long and there will be a manhole every 970 m. Fibre will be jointed at either 4 km or 8 km intervals.

How to Lower Costs on State-Owned Fibre Networks in Africa

TLDR; Create a vehicle for smaller operators to become part-owners of state-owned fibre backhaul networks “It costs more to get data to the coast than it does to get it the rest of the way to Europe!” Since the arrival...

/ 15 November 2016
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AfTerFibre 2016

It is now nearly five years since I first dreamt of a public map of African terrestrial fibre projects.  Inspired by the popularity of the map of African Undersea Cables, it seemed a natural next step as investment in terrestrial networks...

/ 9 February 2016
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Resolving the Free Basics Paradox

Today the Indian communication regulator announced that it would forbid the provision of differential pricing for data services on the basis of content.  This decision effectively bans Facebook’s Free Basics initiative which offers access to Facebook and a suite of other content...

/ 8 February 2016
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Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2015

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Annual ReviewWelcome to the 2nd annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa.  Last year was my first attempt at painting a big picture of communication infrastructure development on the continent and...

/ 13 January 2016