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Monthly Archives: June, 2008

Appreciation: Norman Gunawardene – immense contribution to telecom reforms

The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka,  June 08 2008. Norman Gunawardene was one of the three part-time members appointed to the reconstituted Telecom Regulatory Commission in 1997. He was the only appointee to serve out the full three-year term in the history of the TRC. The quality, commitment and independence of that first group of […]

Bangladesh to use Satellites for disaster risk reduction – it’s logical

Bangladesh is a country that is constantly hammered by cyclones and other severe weather hazards. While Cyclone Nargis threatened to hit Bangladesh but deviated from its original path devastated Myanmar instead. However, it was not the same with Cyclone Sidr, in September of 2007. Policy makers, practitioners, and researchers, in Bangladesh, are focusing on satellite […]

Benefiting the BOP?

An article, co-written by Anu Samarajiva, and LIRNEasia researchers Ayesha Zainudeen and Harsha de Silva, has been published in the Information for Development (i4d) magazine, on the efficacy of telephones in expediting socio-economic development and buttressing accessibility. Based on findings from the Teleuse@BOP study conducted in 2006, the article illustrates that while previous studies have […]

Telcos urge Indonesia to limit telecom entrants

Indonesia’s telecommunication giants have demanded the government limit the number of new entrants to the industry, citing limited resources and growing investment risk, local press said. The Indonesian Cellular Telephones Association (ATSI) argued limited frequency allocations and phone numbers meant there was no room to accommodate new players. Unlimited entry to the industry would crowd […]

Over 3.6% of US mobile users make purchases via cellphones – Nielsen Mobile

The New York Times documents a recent study conducted by Nielsen Mobile among 30, 000 wireless customers, that estimates over 3.6% of all mobile phone users in the United States have used their phones to pay for goods and services. This figure is expected to grow in the future, with nearly half of all users of text […]

FCC redefines ‘Broadband’

Where exactly the line that segregates ‘Broadband’ from ‘Narrowband’? Interestingly every country and every organization seems to have one’s own definition. 256 kbps is adequate ‘broadband’ for some countries to claim to be at the top of the broadband map. More ambitious have kept the level at 1 Mbps or even 2 Mbps. FCC too […]

Indonesian Mobile Phone Providers Found Guilty of Price Fixing

Indonesia’ competition watchdog found six mobile phone providers guilty of price fixing, which may have cost consumers more than $300 million in additional rates. The Business Competition Supervisory Commission says the companies formed a cartel to keep tariffs for text messaging artificially high. The companies include Telkomsel, Telkom and Smart Telecom. They were given fines […]

India mobile tariffs may further fall after fee review

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to review termination charges, a major component of telecom bills. The charges are paid by the operator, from whose network the call is made, to the operator on whose network the call terminates. The DoT has asked TRAI to review these […]

Development through mobiles: LIRNEasia research cited

An interesting article on the use of ICTs among those at the BOP, has been written by Syed Mohammed Ali, a participant at the 12th Executive Course on Telecom Reform, held recently in Singapore. The article explores the potential benefits users at the BOP can enjoy from the use of mobile telephony, as well as […]

Expert Forum on ICT Sector Indicators and Benchmarks Regulation: Presentations

An Expert Forum on ICT Sector Indicators and Benchmarks Regulation for SAARC Regulatory Authorities, co-organized by LIRNEasia and Connectasia, and funded by the IDRC, was held from June 14 – 15, 2008 at the Changi Village Hotel, Singapore. The forum brought together representatives from National Regulatory Agencies (NRAs), in addition to participants attending the 12th […]

10.7 million telephones installed in Sri Lanka by 2007 – report: Are you sure?

Couldn’t Financial Times be more careful?  This 10.7 million is neither the number of telephones nor the number of subscribers. It is the ‘access paths’: Number of connections in case of ‘fixed’ lines (including the dissent CDMA) plus SIMs in case of mobile (including ones not used, issued to tourists for short term use and […]

12th executive training course on regulation successfully concluded

Twenty two participants from across the world, from Fiji to Ecuador and from Brazil to Kyrgyzstan, participated in the course (plus the 1.25 day expert forum of regulators from the SAARC region) at Changi Village Hotel  in Singapore, June  10-15, 2008.   The topics covered included challenges of NGN and mobile payments, how to make the […]

Poster-girl for capacity building efforts by LIRNEasia and CPRsouth: Introducing Grace Mirandilla

Grace Mirandilla, ICT4D researcher from the Philippines, has been a frequent face at LIRNEasia’s capacity building programs since 2005.  Currently an Economic Policy Associate at the Policy Reform Program (PRP) of The Asia Foundation – Philippines, Grace’s research interests include community telecenters, ICT applications for rural areas, and policy reform in general. Her commitment to […]

Is ‘Banded Forbearance’ good for Barbossa?

How would a small island nation Barbossa, (population 540,000) with limited regulatory resources and limited competition mange its telecom prices without becoming a burden to its consumers (who are dissatisfied over high prices) simultaneously without making them too prohibitive for new investors? This was the question the five participant groups at the 12th Executive course […]

Expert Forum: ICT Sector Indicators and Benchmark Regulation

An Expert Forum on ICT Sector Indicators and Benchmark Regulation for SAARC Regulatory Authorities will be held in Changi Village Hotel, Singapore on 14 – 15 June 2008 following the 12th course on Telecom Reform. Photo by: olduvai


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