Category: World View

Rethinking Affordable Access

Everyone needs affordable access to communication. Affordable access strategies that don’t target everyone end up magnifying the digital divide in a kind of Matthew effect: those with affordable phone/internet services have access to ever increasing education resources, opportunities, services, social...

/ 1 February 2019

Fibre Feudalism

Rapidly growing demand for broadband is changing the landscape of African telecommunications infrastructure.  This change has been enabled by the spread of both undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure, as well as the proliferation of low-cost smartphones, which can deliver...

/ 3 October 2018
U-Shaped Value in the Internet

The Internet Is U-Shaped

When we think about the problem of achieving affordable access to the Internet for all, the discussion often focuses on broadband targets.  These targets are moving goalposts as infrastructure improves.  Broadband used to be defined at 256Kbps, now it might be...

/ 17 March 2017

Failure to TED

Recently a bot informed me that it was the 2 year anniversary of my speaking at TED Global 2014.  And that reminded me of what I have been putting off writing for a while, putting off well, because I find it...

/ 16 November 2016

Africa Telecoms Infrastructure in 2015

Welcome to the 2nd annual review of telecommunications infrastructure development in Africa.  Last year was my first attempt at painting a big picture of communication infrastructure development on the continent and it seemed to fill a gap in public information.  Also I found...

/ 13 January 2016