Category: Spectrum

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Mapping the Unserved

As connectivity becomes increasingly valuable to everyone, access to communication is becoming as important as access to other kinds of basic infrastructure.  As a result there is an increased urgency to make affordable communication infrastructure accessible to ALL citizens.  Yet,...

/ 21 April 2017

The Failure of Spectrum Auctions in Africa

Spectrum auctions are widely regarded as “best practice” in the assignment of wireless frequencies where demand exceed availability yet, as of 2013  among African countries, only Nigeria had successfully conducted a spectrum auction. This is perhaps not surprising as spectrum...

/ 21 April 2017

Dynamic Spectrum in 2015 Wrap-up of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit

“The Calm Before The Storm” was the subtitle I used to describe my experience of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Global Summit in 2014. Fast forward to 2015 where I have just returned from this year’s Global Summit in Manila, which...

/ 27 May 2015

How To Let GSM Serve The People That Other Networks Can’t Reach

Mobile telephony has transformed access to communication in emerging markets.  In 1994, there were more telephone lines in New York City than in the whole of Africa.  These days, about two thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is covered...

/ 17 April 2015

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2014

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Annual ReviewA look back.  My review of African telecom infrastructure development in 2014. Undersea CablesPerhaps the most noticeable thing about undersea fibre-optic cable development around Africa was the soundless popping...

/ 7 January 2015