Tag: fibre


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

Fibre And Other Laws of Infrastructure

Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to participate as a representative of  NSRC at an event at the United Nations to mark the launch of the US State Department’s new Global Connect initiative.  My co-panelists were Cathy Novelli, Toomas Henrik Ilves, Jakaya...

/ 1 October 2015

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

AfTerFibre – GitHub, KML, and finally a plan

The idea for AfTerFibre is simple enough. Distribute the load of gathering information on terrestrial fibre optic cable projects in Africa by creating an online resource that anyone can contribute to. When I conceived of this project, I just assumed...

/ 2 May 2012

A Gentle Plea to Telkom’s CEO

We recently sent a request to Telkom to send us a map of their terrestrial fibre network in South Africa.  This request was in the context of the AfTerFibre Project, which is attempting to crowdsource a comprehensive map of terrestrial fibre...

/ 23 January 2012