Tag: policy

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

Africa and Television White Spaces

If you google “televisions white spaces”, you’ll see a small storm of news generated last week by the FCC’s finalising the rules for the use of television white spaces spectrum in the U.S. TV white spaces spectrum was first announced...

/ 27 September 2010