Category: Telecom Policy

Telecommunications and access issues.

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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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
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Fibre And Other Laws of Infrastructure

Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to participate as a representative of  NSRC at an event at the United Nations to mark the launch of the US State Department’s new Global Connect initiative.  My co-panelists were Cathy Novelli, Toomas Henrik Ilves, Jakaya...

/ 1 October 2015
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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
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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