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Monthly Archives: April, 2009

Putting T-Cube to the test


“Leptospirosis is out and Dengue is in” – these are the words of the Sarvodaya Research Assistant – Pubudini weerakoon – working in Kurunegala District of Sri Lanka on the real-time biosurveillance program (RTBP). This report on Leptospirosis in Sri Lanka gives a full account of the past events. The aim of the RTBP is […]

Shanzai! One answer to the puzzle of cheap phones

We’ve always wondered how new smart mobile phones, the technological marvels they are, go for so cheap. According to the teleuse@BOP3 study, the average price paid for a new phone by people in SEC groups D and E in Pakistan is USD 47 (down from USD 77 in 2006). The price of a second-hand phone […]

New issue of Info

The special issue of info focusing on the theme “Network development: Wireless applications for the next billion users” edited by Bill Melody and Amy Mahan is now published. It contains several articles of interest, including a piece on SMS and cell broadcasting in disaster warning by LIRNEasia’s Samarajiva and Waidyanatha and a review of the […]

Output-based aid for rural telecom in Cambodia; we sincerely hope the lessons of Nepal have been learned

The World Bank has committed USD 2.6 million (or USD 10 per intended beneficiary) in grant funds for rural public access telephones in Cambodia according to a recent news release. The amount is not too steep and the local official in charge is Deputy Minister Chin Bunsean, an alumnus of LIRNEasia’s regulatory training course in […]

Bandwidth hungry but purchasing-power poor

For some time we have been talking about the scarcity and cost of international bandwidth. Looks like it is going to cost people in our part of the world access to sites such as Facebook and YouTube (full article). It appears that distance does matter. And everyone is not actually as close to everyone else […]

Best paper award at ICTD goes to Subhash Bhatnagar of IIM-Ahmedabad and LIRNEasia

A paper authored jointly by Professor Subhash Bhatnagar and Nupur Singh titled “Results from a study of impact of eGovernment projects in India”, was selected as the Best Paper at ICTD 2009 held recently in Doha. Our warm congratulations to Professor Bhatnagar and his co-author. Subhash, who is leading the work on one of our […]

Sri Lanka: Why a Communication Satellite?


This photograph taken few weeks back at Talawakele, on the way to Nuwara Eliya, 180 km from Colombo, tells a long story. What you see are the lined residences of the estate workers, colloquially known as ‘lines’ or ‘layim’ in local language. Estate workers are among the least privileged and poorest communities in Sri Lanka. […]

Research Influences Public Policy and Decision-Making – Book Launch

Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2009 – H.E. Ms Angela Bogdan, High Commissioner for Canada, will be officially launching the book on “Knowledge to Policy: Making the Most of Development Research, copublished by Sage and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  The book is authored by Fred Carden, Director of Evaluation at IDRC.  The launch […]

Broadband Quality War: Are you a Winner or a Loser?

A public seminar will be held at the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka auditorium on the 29th April 2009 from 5.30 to 8.00 PM. The seminar will be conducted by Prof. Timothy Gonsalves and R. Thirumurthy from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) and Chanuka Wattegama from LIRNEasia. The seminar will be followed by a […]

ICTD2009 highlights RTBP m-Health

Press Release 2009 from Brown Lloyd James. ICTD2009 highlights new developments in technology for developing countries “Dr. Artur Dubrawski, Director of the AutonLab at Carnegie Mellon University and Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha, Senior Researcher and Project Director of LIRNEasia in Sri Lanka, are presenting their collaborative project using mobile telephony. The project uses the T-Cube Web […]

Nokia sales drop, but not too much in Asia

Nokia, the leading mobile handset maker, is experiencing the effects of the global economic crisis. But Asia is showing the lowest declines. In the three months through March, the company said its profit declined to 122 million euros ($162.3 million) from 1.2 billion euros a year earlier. Sales fell 27 percent, to 9.3 billion euros […]

Flamboyant reporting on the budget telecom network model

A public lecture I gave last night has been reported in quite an interesting way, with a headline “Govt, regulation irrelevant in telecoms,” that is not quite correct. As can be seen from the quote below (from the same story), I did not exactly say that government should cease and desist from all policy and […]

Ideas from Africa for South Asia

Ideas picked up at Euro CPR from our African colleagues, coming out in multiple fora/countries/forms. Without direct government action, other than enabling policies such as the abolition of international gateway monopolies, and the kind of fuss that has accompanied the regulation of roaming charges within Europe, roaming has been abolished in East Africa. Why not […]

Analytics training for RTBP m-Health


Right from the concept stage Carnegie Mellon University’s Auton Lab has been engaging with LIRNEasia and other project partners in developing the “Evaluating a Real-Time Biosurveillance Program: Pilot Project (abbreviated as RTBP) proposal. In the month of July 2008, the International Development Research Center of Canada made available a grant to carry out the RTBP […]

LIRNE.NET course in Cape Town

The 13th telecom reform course for regulators and stakeholders offered by LIRNE.NET in collaboration with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town will start on the 14th of April 2009. The LIRNE.NET courses started in the Netherlands, moved to Denmark, then were offered in multiple locations in Africa and the Caribbean, […]


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