Tag: africa

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

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 of...

/ 15 November 2016

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

Project Link: A Deeper Dive

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Google’s Project Link.  I’ve written about why I think it can play a critical role in breaking down the barriers of mistrust among operators and how Open Access fibre infrastructure is...

/ 14 December 2015
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