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Tele-economics of Village Telco
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Telematics.
2014 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master’s 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 master’s 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, Osterwalder’s 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.

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Institutt for telematikk , 2014. , 182 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-25879Local ID: ntnudaim:10877OAI: diva2:742050
Available from: 2014-08-29 Created: 2014-08-29 Last updated: 2014-08-29Bibliographically approved

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