Connected Cities: The Rebirth of Geography

As Mark Twain once said, “reports of my death were great exaggerated”. This could be very aptly applied to the optimistic perception that the Internet and cheap telecommunications meant that it didn’t matter where you were, the so-called “death of...

/ 8 February 2008

ICASA: Death by Bureaucracy

“…broadband thrives on a mix of competition and active regulation, to ensure an open context.” This succinct summation comes from an Economist article from a couple of weeks ago entitled “Open up those highways“. Contrast this with news yesterday that...

/ 8 February 2008

Theory of Change: The Village Telco

Having funded and watched and occasionally participated in the wireless hacker space in Africa for the last few years, I have the sense of “waiting for the next leap forward”. Wireless hackers have been successfully building cantennas, woktennas, and waterbottletennas,...

/ 5 February 2008

African Undersea Cables

Mostly in order to keep them all straight in my head, I have compiled a list of African undersea cable initiatives and their features, investors, etc. Seacom EASSy TEAMs Infraco/AWCC IWTGC Cost (USD) 650 million 265 million 82 million 2...

/ 4 February 2008

Ubuntu and Descartes

When I first encountered the Southern African word ubuntu a few years ago, it instantly resonated with me. A person is only a person through other people…. the suffering of one person diminishes all of us. Or as Archbishop Desmond...

/ 21 January 2008