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Monthly Archives: August, 2005

Benchmarking Asia-Pacific Telecom NRAs

The final report for this study, Benchmarking National Telecom Regulatory Authority websites of Asia-Pacific Region (Version 2.0 – pre-publication) is now available. It can be downloaded HERE (PDF document). An earlier, more detailed version of the report, Version 1.5, can be downloaded HERE. Please provide your feedback in the comments section below.

Grameen Phone Project-Colloquium Aug 26

Points of discussion Gender neutrality Women have built trust via a long term relationship with GB. Hence women are chosen based on their prior relationship with GB. MKJ:  Gender patterns do emerge from the fact that GB’s best customers are women. AZ: Groups of VPOs  “monitor” each others repayments within a village since if one […]

NYT article: ‘Cellphones Catapult Rural Africa to 21st Century’

[By SHARON LaFRANIERE, New York Times, Aug.25.05] This NYT article looks at Africa’s mobile boom, stating that it has taken the industry by surprise; common wisdom was that Africans are not big telecom users. But ‘it turned out that Africans had never been big phone users because nobody had given them the chance.’ Today, one […]

Comparative Analysis of Leased Line Tariffs

by Sriganesh Lokanathan The study has been undertaken in keeping with the proposed 2006 theme of the World Dialogue on Regulation for Network Economies (WDR), ‘Sector and Regulatory Performance Indicators.’ The definition of standardized benchmark indicators with their respective viable methodologies in the Asian context is required for an accurate comparative analysis of the regulatory […]

Fixed line substitution

The research that is currently being written up by LIRNEasia researchers on ICT use on a shoestring is expected to shed light on fixed-mobile substitution, given the fact that India has been successful in introducing CPP for its mobiles and mobile and fixed outgoing charges have more or less converged.  The news story that MTNL, […]

LIRNEasia course filling up fast

LIRNEasia, in association with LIRNE.NET, Nanyang Technological University and the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore is offering an executive course in regulatory strategy in Singapore, Sept 25-30, 2005.   This limited-enrollment course is 70 per cent subscribed at this time.  Participants representing government, regulatory agencies, telecom operators, universities and civil society from 14 countries ranging from […]

Fixed line spike in Sri Lanka

CDMA is a big story in Sri Lanka these days.  As a result of the frequency refarming process that was started in 2003 with the issuance of 1800 GSM frequencies to Dialog Telekom and Mobitel through an auction, 800 CDMA frequencies were released earlier this year by the Telecom Regulatory Commission.  The article  by Amal […]

Dam Hazard Press Conference August 10, 2005

A Press Conference has been organized by LIRNEasia and Vanguard Foundation, in collaboration with Sarvodaya, the Sri Lanka National Committee of Large Dams and ITDG South Asia to present an interim concept paper on an Early Warning System for Dam Related Hazards. It was held on August 10, 2005 at the Auditorium, Sri Lanka Foundation […]

LIRNEasia partnership with Sarvodaya

From the beginning, LIRNEasia was seen as serving/working with three constituencies: government, the private sector and civil society.  Accordingly, the initial board of directors included representatives from all three groups.  Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, the Executive Director of Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka’s largest and most deeply embedded social action organization, has served on the Board from the […]

WDR Expert Forum, Singapore September 30, 2005

Diversifying Participation in Network Development The 2005 WDR research theme, Diversifying Participation in Network Development explores the evolving strategies used  to extend the telecom network primarily to rural, high-cost areas. The objective of this cutting edge research is to identify successful strategies that can be replicated in other countries and to avoid unsuccessful ones. Light […]

LIRNEasia builds Taiwan links

Dr Huichuan Liu, former Chair of Department of Information and Communication at TamKang University arranged a 3-hour meeting of 8 telecom policy-regulation researchers at the downtown campus of TamKang.     Six researchers attended the session and participated actively:  Professor Yu-Li Liu, National Chengchi U, Dept of Radio TV; Asst Professor Kuo-Feng Tseng, National Chengchi U, […]

LIRNEasia researcher to senior position at WTO

LIRNEasia congratulates Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh,  Senior Economist, on his appointment as Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization.  We look forward to continued association with Dr Singh.  He will complete the Asian backbone study that he is in the midst of researching before he takes up his new appointment.  Understandably, he will not […]

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