Alan Cameron

About Alan Cameron

As a Senior Project Manager for the Cape Town Partnership, Alan helps to link the potential of the Internet to the organisation’s objectives in transforming the city. Follow him on Twitter: cameron_an

Recent Posts

#Datamustfall: Backhaul bottle-necks expose SA’s digital economy
24 April 2017

The digital economy game is here and the rules are made by those making money online. South Africa needs every resident, to get connected, productive and profitable, especially those in smaller towns. A significant proportion of residents outside of South Africa’s big cities are in urgent need of becoming familiar with the Internet so that

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#Datamustfall: Can cheaper wireless networks bridge SA’s digital divide?
9 March 2017

In South Africa, smartphone penetration is about 40%, and only 5.3% of the population have internet access via fibre or ADSL. Getting online using wireless technology and Wi-Fi is much cheaper than mobile data – so why aren’t more people doing it? Refined by the free market, each technology connecting users is contextually appropriate to

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SA needs more fibre to compete in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
20 February 2017

How is the fibre optic sector helping South Africa compete as a knowledge economy, asks Alan Cameron.

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New tech makes a case for rural internet in Africa
18 January 2017

The economic benefits of rural internet use are far from realised in South Africa, and elsewhere on the continent. A new technology is increasing efficiencies for mobile networks, and lowering the costs of rural coverage. Opportunities given by digital money transfer service M-Pesa to safely store and manage money have lifted 2 percent of Kenyan

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#DataMustFall: Ideas to help Internet adoption in SA
19 December 2016

It’s no debate that access to the internet can increase economic opportunities. In 2009 already, the World Bank found that low- to middle-income economies can grow by 1.3% for every 10% of the population who have access to broadband internet. Internet use is slowly increasing in South Africa, and Africa, as internet-enabled mobile phones become more common. Of

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Stopping future traffic jams: Why Transport for Cape Town’s new powers matter
15 November 2016

The convenience of careering quickly and affordably through the city contributes significantly to the economic opportunities available in Cape Town, writes Alan Cameron.

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Users love Church Square’s free public Wi-Fi
14 November 2016

It was early in 2015 when free public Wi-Fi first started to be broadcast in Church Square, Cape Town. Now, two years later, it’s so busy at lunch time that you can’t find an open bench, writes Alan Cameron.

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Doing transit-oriented development in Cape Town, Joburg and Addis
11 November 2016

Cities function better when opportunities are convenient to access and developing land close to public transport is key to this. Alan Cameron takes a look at how this is happening in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Addis Ababa.

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Stellenbosch smart bench connects commuters
12 September 2016

The Isabelo smart bench is empowering Stellenbosch taxi commuters with its sponsored Wi-Fi and mobile phone charging points.

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Most visited international tourist spot in SA? Cape Town’s CBD
5 July 2016

The Cape Town CBD is more successful in attracting the feet of international tourists than any other single spot in SA, says SA Tourism. Well-stewarded public space and excellently executed programmes contribute to this feat.

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