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Monthly Archives: February, 2012

What form should Internet governance take?

This was the question that was addressed at a plenary session at the APNIC conference in New Delhi today. The debate that centers on the role and function of multi-stakeholders, not limited to governments alone, was conducted by a panel representing multiple stakeholders, including Hon Hasanul Haq Inu, Chair of the Standing Committee on post […]

Number of Internet users in Sri Lanka

According to a post by Ami, Sri Lanka has hit 11.8% internet penetration by December 2011, with an estimated 2.5 million Internet users. While the data correspond to International Telecommunications Union (ITU) data, Sri Lanka hit double digit internet penetration by December 2010 according to ITU, rather than December 2011 as mentioned by the author.  Therefore, […]

India ITS Conference concluded 24 Feb 2012

We took the description of this conference, Regional ITS [International Telecom Society] conference, seriously. I served on the program committee. Despite one visa casualty and one last minute cancellation, with five people attending, we had perhaps the largest organizational presence. But it was focused almost entirely on India and India’s many telecom problems. Of all […]

A plea to stop further delay of 3G in Pakistan

Pervez Ifthikar is a passionate commentator on telecom issues in Pakistan. A knowledgeable commentator and as the founding CEO of the universal service fund (one of the best in the world in his time), one who has to be taken seriously. Irrespective of the on-going, completely unnecessary, “controversy” surrounding auction of 3G in Pakistan, allotting […]

Dial-Up Internet from a hotel room

How to use a dial-up internet from a hotel room, an interesting question, a young guest in the next room asked me during my trip to North Pacific. Because of my age, I think he considered me the cave-man (pre-broadband generation).

Dial-Up Internet from a hotel room

How to use a dial-up internet from a hotel room, an interesting question, a young guest in the next room asked me during my trip to North Pacific. Because of my age, I think he considered me the cave-man (pre-broadband generation).

FSM the land of stone money

At the last leg of my trip to North Pacific, I landed in the Land of Stone Money. Federated States of Micronesia has an estimated population of 106,487 (July 2012 est.) and is spread across 2,500 kilometers of the Western Central Pacific Ocean, ju…

FSM the land of stone money

At the last leg of my trip to North Pacific, I landed in the Land of Stone Money. Federated States of Micronesia has an estimated population of 106,487 (July 2012 est.) and is spread across 2,500 kilometers of the Western Central Pacific Ocean, ju…

Nokia still the largest mobile phone supplier

The emphasis is on the word “still.” Nokia remained the world’s No. 1 maker of mobile phones, including traditional cellphones and smartphones, but its share of the phone market is rapidly shrinking. For the full year of 2011, its global market share was 23.8 percent, down from 28.9 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, Samsung, the No. […]

Outsourcing: Small scale is in; complex and creative is in

This NYT story describes a phase transition. Small players are beginning to outsource; the tasks are more complex and creative. This is huge for small countries and small service export firms. The production values may be a little amateurish by MTV standards, but for $2,000 it cost a small fraction of the typical budget for […]

Etisalat promises to deliver ‘Book Hub’

Etisalat pioneered the ‘App Store’ in Sri Lanka with AppZone - Sri Lanka’s first SMS based mobile application platform that allows software developers to create, test and monetize applications, while operators use their existing consumer base to promote the use of these value added services and thereby their networks. They now promise to take it a […]

Will big data reinvent science?

We thought it would only be social science. But all science? The trend of looking for commonalities and overlapping interests is emerging in many parts of both academia and business. At the ultrasmall nanoscale examination of a cell, researchers say, the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics begin to collapse in on each other. In […]

Marshall Islanders are known for their speed

After Palau, my next stop was Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI). Iokwe (pronounced yok-we) — “welcome” — is the first word of Marshallese language you would hear when you land at Majuro International Airport in this island paradise. The Ma…

Marshall Islanders are known for their speed

After Palau, my next stop was Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI). Iokwe (pronounced yok-we) — “welcome” — is the first word of Marshallese language you would hear when you land at Majuro International Airport in this island paradise. The Marshall Islands is actually a collection of more than 1,225 islands and islets and 870 reef systems. Two nearly parallel chains of 29 coral atolls and five islands form the Ratak (Sunrise) and Ralik (Sunset) chains, covering 70 square miles.

FCC suspends Text-To-Speech for Emergency Alerting

Our findings from the recently concluded Interactive Voice-enabled alerting and situational reporting pilot revealed that Speech-To-Text and Text-To-Speech were impossible to apply with audio over low quality transmission networks (listen to this audio to get a sense how bad it can be). One could sample at much higher frequencies then that produces an extremely large […]

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