For a while, I have been wanting to find a better way to organize this site. Some of you may be familiar with how to use tags and categories to perform searches. I’m taking this opportunity to explain the categories that will now be used to sort posts on this site. If you find a particularly useful post on a topic, you can click on the relevant keyword and you will be taken to links for all other posts filed in the same category.
Moving forward, posts will be categorized using the below system. I will also take some time, go through old posts, update them, and file them according to the new scheme. Some old categories will be phased out.
Again, these are just proposed category areas for now. I am also open to suggestions for other categories from readers.
The nominees, in no particular order…
These first two categories are relevant to the the issue of IP backhaul services, how data is transmitted into and out of Fiji
Satellite-improved satellite technology could mean the promise of satellite-based IP trunking solutions
Submarine cable-There are quite a few cabling projects underway in the South Pacific and key to bringing greater connectivity between the islands is to link them up with fiber-optic cable
Wireless is an ever-shifting landscape. You will find three categories here and thanks to relevant discussion of topics like broadband and mobile internet convergence, a great deal of overlapping area. What is important to remember here is that this is a discussion of the current and future generation mobile and wireless networks and competing standards and vision mean a great deal to how accessible the internet becomes in Fiji.
3G—refers commonly to wide-area cellular telephone networks that evolved to incorporate high-speed Internet access and video telephony.
WiMAX–networks thar are short range, high-bandwidth networks primarily developed for data.
LTE—“Long-term evolution” refers to upcoming generations of cellular telephone networks.
Next up, we have what I call the 3-E’s of Empowerment. When in doubt, empower the user. That’s what I intend to do here with stories, examples, cases of ‘best practices’ that highlight the role technology can play in getting people to take charge of their own lives:
Education—technology is revolutionizing every aspect of education.
Entrepreneurship—whole new ways of going business
Environment—in the South Pacific, the challenge is to leave it in a pristine condition for the next generation
The following two categories fall under the rubric of industry policy. What separates countries where internet is cheap and ubiquitous from countries where it is expensive and unavailable to the masses? Not technology–that’s available to all. It is up to the policy makers and regulators to come up with a vision for cheap and high-quality internet in Fiji.
Policy—this is a highly contentious area, nevertheless, I intend to plunge us all into discussion. Around the world, smart government regulation has brought about solutions that industry could not. Businesses cannot be expected to think of the long-term interests of anyone other than their shareholders. That is why you need policy.
BPO—business process off-shoring. Highlighting Fiji’s suitability as a location for BPO ventures.
Last, but not least… the dream:
Universal access—internet usage in Fiji is estimated at 4 out of 100 households. In OECD countries, that figure is closer to 80 out of 100 countries.
This is not a final list and will undoubtedly go some revision. I hope the brief explanations helps readers understand this site a little better.