Skunkworks Meeting 3rd Nov: Kai Wulff on the Fiber & infrastructure
Kai’s definition of true broadband – being able to do what you want, when you want to online, and without bandwidth restriction. He is on a mission to (hopefully?) change the market’s perception of data operators as being out make money of the common mwananchi at all costs.
On local content he likened the submarine cables to ships bringing grain from abroad to Kenya (and the rest of East Africa). We should be worried though, as what will happen to the ‘grain’ farmer in Kenya.
For good ideas, reasonable partnerships are possible with KDN.
He also mentioned licensing models, and said that ideally there should broadly be infrastructure licenses and service licenses. Rolling out infrastructure is expensive thus these licenses would be pricey enough to discourage gold diggers. However service licences ought to be free. In Kenya, it is a unified license which is a bit tricky when it comes to empowering startups and encouraging local content.
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