Tag: mobile

It's a fugazi! Wolf of Wall Street

The 5G Fugazi

Mobile phones and mobile networks are a modern technological miracle that have transformed telecommunications. This is a non-controversial statement. In economically poor countries, mobile phones have effectively replaced legacy copper infrastructure to become the default national telephone network infrastructure. In...

/ 11 May 2020

Spectrum Auctions Are Killing Competition And Failing Rural Access

If you are reading this, you are already within a narrow cross-section of people whose eyes have not rolled up into their heads at seeing the term “spectrum auctions” in a headline. The rules of how wireless spectrum is made...

/ 4 April 2019

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

Zero-Rating: A Modest Proposal

Imagine a world where all phones were automatically connected to the Internet, at no charge. Is this an idle fantasy? The current worldwide debate about Zero-Rating and Network Neutrality has brought the issue of affordable Internet access into sharp relief....

/ 25 November 2015

A Look at Spectrum in Four African Countries

Does effective spectrum management make a real difference when it comes to more pervasive and affordable access to communication?  In this post I look at the spectrum management regimes in four African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa, and...

/ 31 March 2014