Tag: africa

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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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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How to Think About Universal Access

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any person in possession of a mobile phone must be in want of an Internet connection.  Please allow that mangling of Jane Austen to exist as a placeholder for the assumption that everyone having affordable access...

/ 1 April 2015
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Open Access Infrastructure and the Cost of Mistrust

Recently I’ve been writing about the relationship of openness and trust in open movements which has led me to think more about the strategic role of trust in general.  Now I find that almost every problem I try to analyse...

/ 27 February 2015