Category: Telecom Policy

Telecommunications and access issues.

How To Let GSM Serve The People That Other Networks Can’t Reach

Mobile telephony has transformed access to communication in emerging markets.  In 1994, there were more telephone lines in New York City than in the whole of Africa.  These days, about two thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is covered...

/ 17 April 2015

How to Think About Universal Access

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any person in possession of a mobile phone must be in want of an Internet connection.  Please allow that mangling of Jane Austen to exist as a placeholder for the assumption that everyone having affordable access...

/ 1 April 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

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

Spectrum Safari Lagos!

Having become a little more familiar with the RTL-SDR dongle and the RTLSDR Scanner software after a first attempt in Ghana, I had the opportunity to try out a spectrum scan in Lagos, Nigeria while at an Alliance for Affordable...

/ 28 July 2014