Village Telco Update – Sept 2008

Momentum is picking up with the Village Telco.  Here’s an update on where we are:

The Mesh Potato

I’m very happy to say that the Shuttleworth Foundation has completed agreements with David Rowe and Elektra and that they are now hard at work on the production of a Mesh Potato proof-of-concept.  David has just posted a fairly detailed kick-off post on his blog.  A rough time-frame for the Mesh Potato is to produce a proof-of-concept by November, hand-made prototypes by early 2009 and hopefully production Mesh Potatos by mid-2009.  All software developed for the Mesh Potato will be stored in an SVN repository on Sourceforge.

Simplified Billing

The Foundation has also now provided support to Dabba to work on a simplified interface to A2Billing aimed at Village Telco operation.  Early results of this work should be available on the Village Telco website by the end of October.

Mesh Deployment and Management Software

This work is currently being carried out by the CSIR.  Stand by for an update on that.

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