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Welcome to my website, about work, life, and other stuff.

It's a personal website, so while some of the stuff here related to my work, much of it does not. On the whole, you'll find things about education, open access, digital technology and ICT, as well as about media, maths and science, across primary, secondary and higher education, both in European, African, and global contexts. If you dig for long enough, you'll also find things about music, languages, and archaeology.

You can contact me by email: bjoern (followed by AT sign) sciencemedianetwork (then a DOT) org

Note that this website is built on MediaWiki, and if you poke around for long enough, you'll also find the content is hosted on my wiki, which is a bit more experimental (and rough and ready) than the bits of the site that are my "official" website. The wiki links are marked with a little globe like this:.


B's blog, most recent: 20161229 Cost of mobile internet

Cost of mobile internet in SSA

I occasionally look at the cost of internet in SSA. I thought it would be interesting to compare Ghana, Tanzania (both on the coast), as well as Zambia (landlocked).

The wisdom is that landlocked countries pay more for internet. However, it turns out that Ghana is somewhat more expensive at £2.30 per GB (on a 10GB MTN bundle), while in Tanzania this costs £1.31/GB (vodafone 10GB bundle) and in Zambia £2.01/GB (vodafone 10GB bundle). So Zambia is more expensive than Tanzania (which makes sense), but it's strange that Ghana is more expensive than Tanzania. Maybe it's differences in the East/West-African fibre.

You can look at the data (and sources) here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16nxEy_MI7YBp1EyksNEuTTOZt2Y8XmV4pNAAavZN9YA/edit?hl=en#gid=0

Interestingly providers are now increasingly offering 4G, including MTN Ghana. They do offer an unlimited bundle for £28.71 per 30 days as well, which is attractive (especially given that at present the 4G service is very fast with little contention). It'll be interesting to know what the 'fair use' clause on this is, and to see how long this lasts, as more and more people switch to it. This page [1] has coverage for MTN 4G in Ghana, while this page [2] has coverage for vodafone 4G in Tanzania.

It's also interesting to compare this to UK prices, e.g. £15/20 for 5GB/15GB (£3/GB, £1.33/GB) on vodafone, http://www.vodafone.co.uk/shop/bundles-and-sims/sim-only-data-bundles/index.htm. However, some providers only offer small bundles in the UK (e.g. 1GB) which can then be more expensive (say £7.50 for 1GB).

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