Surfing Simply with the Hotshot behind the Hotspots

Business Day article on Skyrove (24 November 2009):??http://www.businessday.co.za/Articles/Content.aspx?id=87859

Besides feeling a bit uncomfortable with being called a "hotshot", I think BD's Dave Marrs really captured the Skyrove philosophy very well. ??

Highlights:

Telkom isn't the competition, it's the environment. -?????We realise that there???s nothing we can do about Telkom???s monopoly over the last mile of copper,??? says Kleynhans. ???But we can stake a claim to the last 50m by helping people set up their own hotspots and gain access to the internet wirelessly and cost-effectively.?????

???I felt that breaking the law was justified under the circumstances,??? he says. (I actually quoted an oft-used struggle-era poster that stated: "Defy Unjust Laws". A few years ago it was "illegal" to communicate across a public boundary. If your kid was to talk to the neighbours' kid using two tincans and a piece of string, he'd be a little criminal. This was written into our laws by SBC when they bought a stake in Telkom. I decided to openly defy it. Fortunately things have changed significantly in the last few years and yes, you are allowed to talk to your neighbours over the fence using technological innovations. Skyrove is now one of ~600 fully licensed telecommunications service providers)??

Skyrove intends to triple the size of its network in the next year.??The key to achieving this, he says, is the simplicity of the process. ???I call it the dad test: would my dad be comfortable using the system???? To gain access to a Skyrove hotspot, users ??? be they casual coffee shop customers or B&B guests making use of free vouchers or residents of apartment blocks serviced by hotspot entrepreneurs ??? log onto the company???s website from their laptops and either enter the voucher number and password, or buy bandwidth credits using their credit card.

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