WhatsApp is Not Email. Do Not Manage Your Business With Messages

WhatsApp is Not Email. Do Not Manage Your Business With Messages

Published on: Jun 25 2020 by Guest Writer - 16 Comments
At the end of 2019 Kenya’s mobile penetration reached 112% – in Kenya, there are more SIM cards than persons – compared to 80% for Africa.  Nearly 200 million of those who are connected, use WhatsApp making...
Is Zero-Rated Internet Access Connecting the Unconnected?

Is Zero-Rated Internet Access Connecting the Unconnected?

Published on: Aug 21 2017 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
As the debate around zero-rated services (like Facebook’s Free Basics, Twitter Access, and Wikipedia Zero) and other emerging mobile data models continues, data around who is using these services, how, and why, has remained...
Why BIG Data Matters for Lower Mekong Countries

Why BIG Data Matters for Lower Mekong Countries

Published on: Jul 03 2015 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
While big data represents a new era of computing, what does it mean for civil society organizations in Southeast Asia? How can nations in the Lower Mekong harvest the power of big data? These were the questions discussed...
Introducing Inveneo’s Solar-Powered WiFi Hat Initiative: The WiHat

Introducing Inveneo’s Solar-Powered WiFi Hat Initiative: The WiHat

Published on: Apr 01 2014 by Andris Bjornson - 2 Comments
In an effort to increase the reach of existing networks and contribute to efforts to connect the next billion Internet users, Inveneo has come up with a simple principle to guide development of their next big idea in wireless: ...
What Is the Inveneo “Self-Contained Site Survey Tool”?

What Is the Inveneo “Self-Contained Site Survey Tool”?

Published on: Mar 19 2014 by Sam Perales - 2 Comments
Through the course of deploying wireless links in developing countries around the world, Inveneo engineers have discovered quite a few useful tips and tricks that make installing reliable WiFi faster and easier.  We like...
Will We Have Free Worldwide Wireless Internet Access From Google?

Will We Have Free Worldwide Wireless Internet Access From Google?

Published on: Feb 06 2013 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
The last mile is the first mile of cost in Internet access. The barriers to connecting everyone to low-cost, high-speed bandwidth are many, and many people feel we are solving the problem with mobile data – connectivity...
Which is better: a full size 3G WiFi Router or a Mi-Fi for a small office?

Which is better: a full size 3G WiFi Router or a Mi-Fi for a small office?

Published on: Sep 24 2012 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Small business contribute close to 20% of Kenya’s GDP, and many of them now require Internet access for basic productivity and communication tasks. While I’ve seen whole offices full of laptops, each with their...
Are WiFi-only tablets and mobile devices impractical in hotspot-starved African countries?

Are WiFi-only tablets and mobile devices impractical in hotspot-starved African countries?

Published on: Jul 30 2012 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
One disappointment with the new Google Nexus 7 tablet is the lack of 3G connectivity. It only has WiFi and some people wonder if that makes it impractical in developing countries where hotspots are rare and mobile data the...
A Cautionary Tale of ICT4D Failure at Scale

A Cautionary Tale of ICT4D Failure at Scale

Published on: May 18 2012 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Back in 2009, a few MIT students started “Fab Labs” in Afghanistan to teach Afghans how to fabricate small-scale projects, one of which was wireless WiFi antennas. From this humble beginnings, grew JLink,...