Tele-economics of Village Telco
This masters thesis is written in collaboration with Village Telco. Village
Telco is a grass root solution for establishing communication where
no other can or are willing to do so. The business has developed the
MeshPotato, a wireless access point, which uses standard Wi-Fi technology
combined with open-source telephony software and a state of the art
mesh protocol, to provide low-cost telephony. Today, Village Telco serve
as a hardware provider. The masters thesis provides a background study
of Village Telco, the technology that Village Telco uses and some of the
Village Telco networks that exist in the world today. An Excel model for
calculating threshold values for sustainable businesses have been made,
and a new business model for Village Telco is proposed. The aim for the
new business model is that Village Telco can serve as a service provider
in addition to selling hardware.
The main methods used for this thesis are Skype meetings with people
in the Village Telco community, literature study, case studies of existing
business models and mathematical calculations. For the case studies, and
the proposal of the new business model, Osterwalders business model
canvas have been used as a tool.
The Excel model that has been made can be a helpful basis for a more
complex service for the local entrepreneurs in the future. The studies of
other business models shows that customer relationships and partnering
with other telcos are the two most important aspects to consider for
Village Telco as a service provider. Other factors are optional, and there
are many possible combinations of solutions for how Village Telco can
serve as service provider and which services they may provide.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutt for telematikk , 2014. , 182 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-25879Local ID: ntnudaim:10877OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ntnu-25879DiVA: diva2:742050
Overby, Harald, FørsteamanuensisUsken, Sjur Eivind