Tag: Facebook

Why We Need Universal Basic Internet Now

In 2015, Facebook launched its Free Basics app offering a limited suite of Internet services for free in partnership with mobile network operators (MNOs) around the world.  This provoked widespread debate on whether Free Basics violated network neutrality principles that...

/ 9 December 2017

Why Are African Operators Still Rolling Out 3G Networks in 2017?

I attended the Telecom Infra Project Summit last week in Santa Clara where the OpenCellular Project (yes, a project within a project) announced a new grants program to make their OpenCellular base stations available for testing and piloting to organisations...

/ 15 November 2017

Resolving the Free Basics Paradox

Today the Indian communication regulator announced that it would forbid the provision of differential pricing for data services on the basis of content.  This decision effectively bans Facebook’s Free Basics initiative which offers access to Facebook and a suite of other content...

/ 8 February 2016

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2014

A look back.  My review of African telecom infrastructure development in 2014. Undersea Cables Perhaps the most noticeable thing about undersea fibre-optic cable development around Africa was the soundless popping of project bubbles that failed to gain traction.   WASACE,...

/ 7 January 2015

A Better Approach to Zero-Rating

Yesterday, Internet.org announced that Kenya would be the third country in which they launched their Internet.org application,  an app that offers free access to Facebook along with a selection of  other services.  In Kenya, this includes Wikipedia, Daily Nation, SuperSport and...

/ 13 November 2014
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