Tag: affordability

GSM and Dynamic Spectrum

Adoption of Television White Spaces (TVWS) spectrum saw great progress in 2013.  The Google-sponsored Cape Town TVWS trial was completed and the results were an unqualified success.  TVWS trials got underway in Malawi.  And Microsoft pushed ahead with pilots in...

/ 3 January 2014

Fair Mobile – Two Years On

In which I re-assert my self-appointed role of digitally holding African mobile operators’ feet to the fire for their rent-seeking behaviour.  In today’s spotlight is Vodacom South Africa. Vodacom recently announced their Annual Report for 2010.  Vodacom is doing very...

/ 17 May 2011

Africa and Television White Spaces

If you google “televisions white spaces”, you’ll see a small storm of news generated last week by the FCC’s finalising the rules for the use of television white spaces spectrum in the U.S. TV white spaces spectrum was first announced...

/ 27 September 2010

Africa, Innovation, and The Incredibles

Philip Auerswald recently took advantage of arch-villain Syndrome (from the Pixar movie The Incredibles) to paint a tongue-in-cheek picture of his relationship with Bill Easterly. Entertained and emboldened by this, I was reminded of my own insight from watching (more...

/ 9 April 2010

Fair Mobile Research from South America

The South American research network, DIRSI, have just published a report entitled “Tariffs and affordability gap of mobile telephony services in Latin America and the Caribbean” which profiles mobile affordability in Latin America and the Caribbean.   In this post I...

/ 8 April 2010