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Monthly Archives: July, 2008

Assessing the General: How did the Pakistan telecom sector do in 2002-2008?

A few days ago, we learned that Major General Shahzada Alam Malik (Retd.) had stepped down from the leadership of the Pakistan Telecom Authority. We believe that his seven-year tenure at the helm of the PTA merits an assessment. It begins thus: Pakistan’s recent telecom developments constitute a South Asian success story. From two million […]

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Report: 2.1B wireless broadband customers by 2015

Globally, 2.1 billion wireless broadband customers will generate US$784 billion in service revenue by 2015, said  a latest report of UK’s consulting outfit Analysys Mason.  HSPA will support 88% of all wireless broadband consumers at the end of 2008, and its importance will continue. “Despite the increasing availability of LTE and WiMAX, HSPA and HSPA+ […]

ICTs in conflict settings discussed, with reference to LIRNEasia study among others

Sri Lanka has been enmeshed in conflict for the past 30 years, with just a brief respite during the ceasefire of 2002-05. The LIRNEasia study that is referred to in this post, was conducted in the government controlled areas of the Jaffna district just before the ceasefire ended, de facto. The war still goes on; […]

An op-ed calling for spectrum reform

Very US-centric and so pre-knowledge economy, but the main argument is still valid. We need to free up spectrum in a major way. There no need to take cues from the FCC. The reforms can start right here in Asia. Op-Ed Contributor – Why Bandwidth Is the Oil of the Information Economy – Op-Ed – […]

Mobile phones, cancer and car crashes

Risk and the perception of risk are fascinating issues, especially because perception and reality do not always mesh. Here are some links for those who ask about mobile phones causing brain cancer. Findings – 10 Things to Scratch From Your Worry List – 4. Carcinogenic cellphones. Some prominent brain surgeons made news on Larry […]

What are these monkeys doing in our blog?

To an ordinary observer the image on left looks like some monkeys but to Nuwan Waidyanatha that is his complex Early Warning System. Monkeys act as sensors and detectors of hazards (aka a leopard) to deer – who would take immediate action for mass evacuation. Again the image on top right look likes a damper to […]

Colloquium: Classification of Early Warning Systems

Nuwan noted that this leads on from the earlier coversation that were had in regard to Early Warning Systems (EWS) and explained why classification is importat for people in this field. This is important mainly for comparisons between countries, institutions and technologies. And so a ranking should be established. Four examples were identified, Community based […]

Colloquium: Classification of Early Warning Systems

Nuwan Waidyanatha will conduct a colloquium on the topic of ‘My spring break in Kunming: Classification of Early Warning Systems on the 29th of July 2008. The Colloquium will focus on the question that came up during one of the LIRNEasia brain storming sessions which was “what can and what can’t the Last-Mile Hazard Warning […]

Building Sri Lanka’s Knowledge Economy

“Without question, the book addresses an important and timely issue. The organization of the book around the four pillars of the business environment, the information infrastructure, the innovation system and human resources, is praiseworthy. The book must be commended for bringing up the topic of what should (and should not) be done, as the Sri […]

From Ashok Jhunjhunwala’s review of ICT infrastructure in emerging Asia

The LIRNEasia book has been reviewed in Current Science by Ashok Jhunjhunwala.  Below is the last para. The success and failure of policies and regulations need to be studied under such a backdrop. Each nation would have its specificities, and comparisons between nations may often be difficult. It is this difficult task that the book […]

Call to reduce intra-SAARC phone tariffs published in Bangladesh too

The op-ed piece written up on the basis of one of the LIRNEasia benchmark studies, has been published in the leading Bangladesh newspaper, Daily Star. The data and recommendations thus have been published, in various forms, in the special issue of Himal Southasian, in The Dawn, as a Choices column on LBO, and also flashed […]

Largest number of Internet users in a country? China

China has the largest number of mobile users as a country. It now also has the largest number of Internet users. China Surpasses U.S. in Number of Internet Users – China said the number of Internet users in the country reached about 253 million last month, putting it ahead of the United States as […]

Sri Lanka: Restricted usage = more revenue? Do we miss something?

This is from Lankadeepa online. It quotes Prime Minster Ratnasiri Wickramanayake saying one reason of restricting CMDA phones to be used only in one address (registered one) is to prevent the loss of government revenue from international traffic. He was responding to a query by Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera MP at the parliament. […]

New leadership for the Pakistan Telecom Authority

Tahani Iqbal making a presentation at workshop

Dr Muhammed Yaseen, who served as a Member of the Authority since 2006, has been appointed to succeed Major General R Shahzada Alam Malik (retd.) at the helm of the PTA. LIRNEasia has been an admirer of the massive improvements the Pakistan telecom sector achieved since Chairman Malik’s appointment in 1 March 2002. We wish […]


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