[GKD-DOTCOM] DOTCOM Discussion to Continue

2003-11-24 Thread Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator
Dear GKD Members, In response to the dynamism and value of your contributions, DOT-COM would like to continue the focused discussion on Access for Underserved Areas, through this week. Our deep thanks for the consistent, extremely high quality of your input. Best regards, GKD Moderators

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-24 Thread William Lester
If we were to ask What SHOULD be on the horizon?, then I would answer: IMHO, the number one thing that would help Africa catch up to the technology revolution would be the elimination of the telecom monopolies. Whether by allowing competition from both internal and external vendors, privatization

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-24 Thread Royal D. Colle
3. Where should we focus our efforts during the coming 3 years? On ICT policy? Creating ICT projects with revenue-generation models that are quickly self-supporting? Demonstrating the value of ICT to developing country communities? Universities in developing countries need to build their ICT

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-24 Thread Al Hammond
I agree strongly with Simon Woodside's answers--experimentation, more modern technology, and broadband. But I was also struck by what another contributor said, e.g. Find successful and sustainable activities. Replicate. Get constraints out of the way. Get funding on the right basis. Let the demand

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-24 Thread Yacine Khelladi
Simon Woodside wrote: I would say rather that the different technologies that are available are so different and so randomly effective it's impossible to say that either low-bandwidth or high-bandwidth is better. Maybe it is because we are thinking upside down? We should not first look at the

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-24 Thread Vickram Crishna
My two bits... 1. What new high impact technologies are on the 3-year horizon? Who (exactly) needs to do what (concretely) to make those technologies widely available? Optical frequencies communication for exceptionally low power, very high bandwidth, short distance communications