Video Interview: David Behr Speaks on Internet Backbone Sharing

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By Toneo Tonderai Rutsito

TechnoMag managed to catch up with Liquid Executive Director and Zimbabwe Online (ZOL) Chief Executive Officer David Behr and we spoke briefly on the backbone of internet connectivity during a recently held Broadband forum organised by TechZim.

Speaking to David, we delved into some fundamental aspects of the internet history, how much we have progressed so far as a nation and how best we can accelerate the development of broadband access to match up with the global speeds.

TechnoMag: looking at Zimbabwe and where we are in terms of Internet Access, how do you rate us and how much have we progressed?

David Behr: We are in very low stages, we still have a long way to go.

TechnoMag: But with all the great strides you have made so far to lay the fibre, what do we really need to get there

David Behr:First of all its Liquid Telecoms that has been laying the fibre, through out Zimbabwe and other African countries, we have got huge highways already laid from the sea, What we are missing now is the last mile connectivity, getting our data centers to the web users, that’s what is missing, That has been favoured by high wireless speeds and fibre technology.

TechnoMag
: there has been serious talks on internet infrastructure and backbone sharing, do you think ISPs are going to OK that idea any time soon in Zimbabwe?

David Behr: There are lots of different ways of sharing, SHARING DOES NOT always mean you are sharing the cable, its not also about necessary capacity swaps. It can be simply about selling capacity at a commercial basis to various individuals, and as liquid telecoms in Zimbabwe we are already doing that and we have an open policy to sell that even to our competitor or customer so at that level sharing is very much going on

TechnoMag: So on sharing the actual infrastructure as Liquid, what your policy on that?

David Behr: In terms of the actual infrasture its very difficult to share, like physically sharing the infrastructure, who is managing the investments, who is taking care of the technical standards of what you are actually running, its very difficult at this stage to share the actual infrastructure, but sharing the bandwidth and services is by far the easiest way to go.

You may watch the full VIDEO INTERVIEW HERE

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