Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications
Ken Novak's Weblog
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Wireless on a bike:
"a recently launched wireless project brings e-mail to 13 villages in [northeastern Cambodia]. Early every morning, five motorcycles leave Banlung, the provincial capital. Each has a wireless device and antenna on the back. Before the motorbikes leave Banlung, they download e-mail messages for the remote regions from a central server.
The cycles then fan out to remote towns where solar panels on the roofs of schools provide enough power to run a computer for six hours a day. As they pass each remote location, messages are uploaded using a Wi-Fi connection built into the device on the back of the motorcycle. Similarly, outgoing mail is retrieved from the school or hospital and stored on the device. At the end of the day, the couriers return to Banlung and transmit all the collected e-mail to the Internet." 4:25:19 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
CSIR Launches New Open Source Centre
: "The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched an Open Source Centre as part of broader endeavors aimed at stimulating the adoption of Open Sources Software Technologies in Africa. The center will be operating from CSIR in Pretoria. The CSIR, the largest scientific and technological research, development and implementation organisation in Africa, has been operating for more than 50 years." 11:52:39 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
V O X I V A
: Company builds integrated telephone/internet solutions for data gathering and dissemination. Initial applications in developing country health care
, including in Iraq
.. "In an age defined by SARS, BioTerror, and growing Healthcare costs, Voxiva is pioneering phone/internet technology approaches that radically improve information access, data collection, communication, data analysis, and response in global health and safety." 9:05:58 AM
Monday, October 06, 2003
Korean Housewives Want Speedy Net: "Most [S Korean homes] pay about $33 monthly for an 8 megabit-per-second connection. Wireless access, which allows subscribers to access numerous public Wi-Fi networks, costs an extra $8.50 a month. Koreans spend an average of 16 hours a week on the Internet -- compared to 10 hours for Americans and four hours for the British ..
Such broadband vitality didn't come out of nowhere. The Korean government sank over $1.5 billion into helping create the world's most advanced telecommunications network, according to a report from Britain's Brunel University. The government also offered a range of "soft loans" -- very low-interest loans -- to operators ready to build out infrastructure. ..
"Initially Internet traffic went overseas, 98 percent of it," Son said. "There was no Korean content. But this has changed completely. Domestic traffic is now about 85 percent, and overseas, 15 percent. However, this does not mean that overseas traffic has decreased. Instead, domestic traffic has increased." ..
"So many people are trying to see first what the killer application will be for broadband. In our experience, broadband itself is the killer application," Son said" 2:56:46 AM
Thursday, October 02, 2003
Collaboration tools for conflict resolution
: "The Virtual Negotiation Table in Southern Asia/New York/Helsinki: Groove was used less than eight weeks ago to broker peace in a nation in southern Asia. .. Groove was embraced by both constituencies because of the virtual nature of the shared space. While one shared space served as the meeting place for the factions, each had separate spaces to discuss their positions and provide context for the negotiators." 9:42:07 AM
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Internet & ICTs for Social Justice and Development News - APC
: "The majority of the community development workers (CDWs) interviewed were found to be accessing a wide range of development information disseminated through the WorldSpace from the C-MAD (Community Mobilization Against Desertification) offices. They shared the information with local communities mostly through listening to the audio channels and downloading." 5:32:28 PM