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Verizon pays $25 million penalty and refunds $52 million too

Verizon will pay the U.S. Treasury $25 million on top of more than $52 million in refunds to consumers for overcharging them. This penalty and refund are due to the operator “erroneously” overcharging the customers for mobile Internet use. The FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement the $25 million settlement was the largest […]

Fiber to the home and fiber to the neighborhood: who pays the bills?

We’d be lucky to be able get wireguided communications to 10 percent of homes in the countries we work in. But we can reach 75 percent plus homes with wireless even now. So we’re all for getting fiber to neighborhoods and are quite agnostic about the access network as long as it’s wireless. In places […]

Crowdsourcing work through mobiles

Intriguing idea reported by the Economist about breaking down work into small chunks and getting people to send it back using their mobiles. The polling feature developed for LIRNEasia by Respere could fit into this easily, though Eagle may have done that in his application. Mr Eagle hopes txteagle will do its bit by mobile […]

Post mortem on the tsunami dead of Pagai

“We told you so.” We said that the last mile was the key to saving lives; that focus had to placed on getting the warnings out to the potentially affected people; that they had to be trained to react appropriately; that all the fancy technology in and under the sea would come to nought if […]

The newest norm: Social networking

You meet new people. You add them in facebook. You chat with them, tag them in pictures, comment on their status updates  and share information. Some of us even have our twitter account in our business card. So people may follow you and you may follow anyone whom you think is interesting and/or is informative. An article […]

Don’t blindly love thy neighbour in telecoms

It’s an interesting example of how sharply the neighbors at both the banks of English Channel differ from each other. Last month the French regulator, ARCEP, claimed that 3G coverage in 900 MHz is worse than 2100 MHz. We are clueless about the methodology of ARCEP’s survey. The law of physics, under no circumstance, could […]

Sri Lanka: SLT has 10,000 km of fiber in its network now; adding 5,000 km next year

15,000 km of fiber is pretty significant for a country the size of Sri Lanka. But this is exactly what the CEO is promising (and 10,000 is already in the ground). The beauty is that the whole thing has been done on a commercial basis with no subsidies, aid or whatever (though one could argue […]

UNCTAD’s 2010 Information Economy Report launched in Colombo

Yesterday, LIRNEasia launched UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2010: ICTs, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation in Sri Lanka at a well-attended news conferences in Colombo. The first of the news reports, from LBO, is excerpted below: Use of mobile phones has helped Sri Lankan farmers get better prices for their produce and the technology can help reduce […]

Every year a tsunamigenic earthquake

For those who are complacent about the likelihood of tsunamis hitting the coastal regions around the Bay of Bengal, yesterday was another wake-up call. The tsunami, set off by a 7.7-magnitude undersea quake, slammed into the southern part of the remote Mentawai Islands, wreaking havoc in villages and, the authorities believe, sweeping scores out to […]

Willing to die for an international call?

Make one from North Korea and you will!Make one from North Korea and you will! In a rare occasion where international journalists were invited to North Korea to cover a week long celebration commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Workers Party, CNN correspondent Alina Cho got a chance to speak to the public, albeit being […]

Telcos’ and Airlines’ common global dilemma

The telcos and the airlines have been making money “out of the air” worldwide. Both the industries are being troubled by predictable and unpredictable competition from everywhere. Innovation by the industry and policy-rationalization by the governments must be simultaneous to survive this wild wild west. This article addresses the airlines industry but it is also […]

LIRNEasia at Future Gov 2010

Future Gov is holding a conference in Colombo 28-29 October 2010. Can’t link to the program as such because that’s how e gov is done, but can get you close. LIRNEasia will be presenting its research anchored to the idea of delivering government services anywhere, anytime, in any official language, something that was developed by […]

Growing pains in developing apps

LIRNEasia has been supporting app stores because we believe this is the solution that reduces transaction costs and mobilizes decentralized innovation. But as the NYT story today shows, it’s not an easy path for developers: Because Google makes its software available free to a range of phone manufacturers, there are dozens of different Android-compatible devices […]

Payal Malik at seminar on interconnection in Mexico City

Payal Malik, Senior Research Fellow, will represent LIRNEasia at an upcoming seminar on “Interconnection in Mexico”  on 27 October 2010 in Mexico City, Mexico. The seminar is being organized by the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. (CIDE/Mexico) and the Telecommunications Research program Telecom CIDE. The event brings together a select group of government, […]

Patent wars could make smartphones dearer

Now that Android has taken a bigger market share than Apple in the smartphone market, the lawsuits are coming hot and heavy, according to the Economist. Eventually, even lawsuits must come to an end. How much harm they will cause remains to be seen. If Apple wins against HTC, that would be bad news for […]

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