Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Broadband Deployment from India, Australia, South Africa

What can the United States learn from fascinating broadband deployments in the Global South?

Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – Broadband Deployment from India, Australia, South Africa
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024 – International Examples of Broadband Deployment – India, Australia, South Africa

As the United States channels unprecedented investments into broadband expansion, the nation’s counterparts worldwide are also ramping up their deployment efforts. In India, nearly 900 million out of its 1.4 billion population have adopted broadband services as of December 2022. Meanwhile, Australia said it’s on track to deliver broadband download speeds of at least 500 megabits per second to 90 percent of its homes and businesses by 2025. Across the ocean, South Africa is also making great strides in broadband buildouts. What lies behind such rapid expansion in those countries? How do they compare to the U.S.’s initiative under the bipartisan infrastructure law?

See Drew Clark: Look to the Global South to Understand BEAD in America, Broadband Breakfast, January 16, 2024


  • Dan Flemming, Co-Founder, Render Networks
  • Niladri Dutta, Vice President, Telco Solutions Offering & Consulting Leader, Virtusa
  • Greg Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder, Ripple Fiber; Founder, AEX
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Dan Flemming is a senior executive and engineer with 25 years global experience and capability in the strategy development, establishment and management of large-scale deployment projects. His subject matter expertise delivers unique insight into the right engagement, delivery, commercial and risk strategies to be utilized based on customer and industry maturity and market dynamics. He has extensive experience in managing board-level expectations, including his former role of Head of Construction for NBN Co in Australia. BS Civil Engineering, University of New South Wales.

Niladri Dutta is an industry executive with two decades of global experience in advising telco majors in areas of technology strategy, CxOs advisory, Portfolio & product management, Digital and Operational transformation. He has been instrumental in delivery of major engagements, as subject matter expert in specific domains of Platform strategy, major networks roll outs, telco cloud adoption, Digital OSS-BSS, Ops transformation, as well as implementation of Analytics & AI. Presently he is the VP & Global Head of Telco Consulting and Industry Solutions in Virtusa, responsible for driving top line growth. Prior to this Niladri has worked with Accenture, Ericsson & Deloitte in many global and regional leadership roles.

Greg Wilson the CEO of Myriad Capital, Greg Wilson is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience and the founder of multiple telecom infrastructure and software services companies – including AEX | Automation Exchange, who develops a best-in-class OSS/BSS software for Open and Closed Access; Reflex Solutions, who operates FTTX networks; and Open Fiber, who disrupts the FTTB space. In 2021, Wilson and Myriad Capital entered the U.S. market with Ripple Fiber in Matthews, North Carolina, which is quickly expanding its fiber optic internet footprint across the Southeast.

Breakfast Media LLC CEO Drew Clark has led the Broadband Breakfast community since 2008. An early proponent of better broadband, better lives, he initially founded the Broadband Census crowdsourcing campaign for broadband data. As Editor and Publisher, Clark presides over the leading media company advocating for higher-capacity internet everywhere through topical, timely and intelligent coverage. Clark also served as head of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a state broadband initiative.

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