My friend Jean Armour Polly used to sport a sig file that went something like:
"Don’t underestimate the bandwidth of a minivan full of CDs on an interstate highway"
Text ruled the net, and transferring images required strategic use of bandwidth if you even had a monitor that supported them. Quaint in today’s first-world telecom environment. But with nearly half the world having never made a phone call, and something like a third unconected to the power grid, the characteristics of technology diffusion are of course different elsewhere.
A colleague sent me the attached picture. Guy on a motorbike, right? Look carefully at his rider… a brief-case-size box with an antenna. The fellow rides from village to village, his wireless antenna collecting and delivering store-and-forward email and Internet searches, then 'delivering them' to the central wireless hub, and round and round it goes.
This clever approach to low-cost networking comes from First Mile Solutions of