A dummy’s guide to interconnect rates

25 April 2010The regulation of mobile phone operators can be used as a case study of how strong network bonds can be broken. First, some definitions: On-net: Calls within the same network (Vodacom customer to Vodacom customer) On-net rate: The rate charged to customers for On-net calls Off-net: Calls between networks (Vodacom customer to MTN…

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The Web today

15 December 2010 Nowadays tech is not hardware. Tech is software, and the cutting edge is the Web. PC-based software is a bit like mustard jeans in the early 90’s. Out-of-date and likely to get you killed. Web-based software is the new mustard jean pant. In the past 10 years the Web has spawned global…

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The new world is the place to be

26 November 2010 Hi guys, What a year! Feels like I’ve been in an old SpeedQueen tumble-dryer. I’m dry, but at some point it seemed the machine was going to blow up… Started the year with some lows, (the Sunday Times stuff was so much fun!), had a life-changing experience in the States in March,…

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Change management

10 August 2010I grew up in Pretoria east, went to a government school, had my fair share of fights, and managed to finish matric without children, a criminal record, or being expelled.I learnt a few things along the way. How to drink Hunters Gold and look cool. How to wrestle. How to spot a blackhead…

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South Africa’s values

Values, the media, and being judgmental In April 2010 I read an opinion article on how abhorrent it is for a political leader to engage in hate speech[1], referring in particular to Julius Malema’s remarks implying rape is acceptable. What a crazy country we live in to be having this debate, but here goes an…

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Formula of system evolution

2 April 2010 E = evolution of systems, ie: forward progress, positive development, progressive complexity C = System complexity F = Feedback loop I = Information S = Speed of transfer D = Effectiveness of transferE = C C = F F = I x S x D Therefore E = I x S x…

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Economic complexity

25 March 2010The network effect of mobile interconnect as it pertains to the development of countriesAll things in the world comprise a system, and every system in the world has a network effect. The variable is the strength of the bonds. The stronger the bonds, the harder it is to breach the network, and vice…

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Local broadband prices (as published in Sunday Times)

30 January 2010 Firstly, some facts. ADSL comprises 63%[1][2] of broadband connections globally. In SA, ADSL comprises less than 40% of the broadband market[3], and until recently, an email being sent via fixed-line was in danger of being overtaken by continental drift! Secondly, 6 different network technologies (iBurst Wireless, IPWireless, UMTS (3G/HSDPA), Wi-fi, Wimax and…

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Why is broadband cheap in the north? (as published in Sunday Times)

10 January 2010 Here goes at explaining why broadband is so cheap in Europe and the USA. Let’s start by pointing out that two of the heaviest cost components of data are local connectivity (connectivity within your country) and international connectivity (connectivity outside your country). Both of these portions have evolved very differently in Europe…

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Dancing in the rain

4 December 2008 Hi guys, Why am I writing this email? Because I’m getting the impression there are some depressed people walking around. Now there are a couple of potential reasons for this phenomenom: 1. Festive season hangovers. Solution: Convert to Islam. 2. Moving offices. Solution: Resign and work from trailer park. 3. Manic depressive…

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Don’t Panic

28 Jan 2008 Hi guys, 2008 has certainly started with a bang! The future was rosy on 31 December 2007, but suddenly everyone is buying candles and researching property in Perth! A combination of recession in the USA, global equity market negativity, high interest rates, the National Credit Act and power outages have combined to…

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Bernie Ebbers made Barack Obama

25 April 2010 John “Bernie” Ebbers founded the telecommunications company WorldCom and is a former chief executive officer of that company. In 2005, he was convicted of fraud and conspiracy as a result of WorldCom’s false financial reporting, and subsequent investor’s loss of US$100-billion. The WorldCom scandal was, until the Madoff scam came to light…

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