Tag: policy

Spectrum — To License or Not To License

In part one of this series on Spectrum 2.0, I highlighted just how complex radio spectrum management is and why experts can’t seem to agree on whether we are running out of spectrum or entering an age of abundance.  ...

/ 25 October 2013

Why Can’t Anyone Agree on Spectrum?

Electromagnetic spectrum is the crude oil of last-mile connectivity, especially in Africa where more traditional kinds of last-mile communication infrastructure are not especially well-developed. As in the oil business, anyone who has gained control of spectrum in the last ten...

/ 1 August 2013

If I Had 50 Million Dollars

If I had any poetic talent, I would have done this in rhyming couplets set to the music of the Barenaked Ladies but sadly today you are left with my prose.  Hum along with me anyway. If you work in...

/ 17 December 2012

Unpacking Our Mobile Broadband Future

The future is mobile.  We all know that.  We read it everywhere.  In the UN Broadband Commission‘s recently published report entitled, The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion For All, ITU analysts boldly announce their belief that: “mobile broadband...

/ 15 October 2012
Monty Python's Mr. Creosote. Perhaps leave some for someone else.

How the ANC is Squandering South Africa’s Digital Future

The release last week of ResearchICTAfrica (RIA)'s report on mobile phone pricing in Africa has provoked a little controversy in South Africa. The facts are quite damning. South Africa has some of the highest mobile costs on the continent. This...

/ 18 April 2012