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Below is a list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the data and report in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:   Date Name of Publication Title (link) Author/Host 5-Nov-18 KhmerLoad ICT survey with Cambodia component wins global award in New York Unknown 5-Nov-18 Raksmey Kampuchea ICT survey with Cambodia component won global award in New York Unknown 5-Nov-18 Kampuchea Thmey ICT survey with Cambodia component won global award in New York Unknown 5-Nov-18 Sabay News A technology company helps Cambodia win the EQUALSINTech Research Award from the United States Unknown 7-Nov-18 DAP News Online Harassment Experienced by 26% of Cambodian Internet Users Aged 15-65 Mao Daroth 7-Nov-18 China.Org.com 26 pct of Cambodian Internet users experience online harassment: survey report Xinhua 7-Nov-18 Cambodia Daily (Republished from China) 26 pct of Cambodian Internet users experience online harassment: survey report Xinhua 7-Nov-18 Nokorwat Online Harassment Experienced by 26% of Cambodian Internet Users Aged 15-65 Vuthy 7-Nov-18 KhmerTimes Online harassment a rising concern Khy Sovuthy 7-Nov-18 Angkor Post Online Harassment Experienced by 26% of Cambodian Internet Users Aged 15-65 Ratha 7-Nov-18 Rasmey Kampuchea Online Harassment Experienced by 26% of Cambodian Internet Users Aged 15-65 Sophal 7-Nov-18 Kampuchea Thmey Online Harassment Experienced by 26% […]
Below is a list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the data and report in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Date Name of Publication Title (link) Author/Host 24-Sep-18 bdnews24 ICT access survey, which featured Bangladesh, wins research award Unknown 27-Sep-18 The Daily Star – Unknown 27-Sep-18 Financial Express – Unknown 27-Sep-18 Financial Express Multy-country ICT survey wins award Unknown 2-Oct-18 The Daily Star Only 13 per cent use internet in Bangladesh: Survey Unknown 2-Oct-18 Prothom Alo 13pc Bangladeshis use Internet: survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 The Independent Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 New Age Only 13pc Bangladeshis use Internet, finds survey Unknown 2-Oct-18 UNB Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 UNB Bangla Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 Kaler Kantha online Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 bdnews24.com Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 Bangla Tribune Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report Unknown 2-Oct-18 Dhakatimes24.com 42 percent peoples have an Internet-friendly device Unknown 2-Oct-18 Bangla Mirror Only 13 pc of Bangladeshis use Internet, says survey report […]
Below is a list of selected media coverage on AfterAccess following dissemination of the Pakistan data and report: Date Name of Publication Title (link) Author/Host 9-Nov-18 Dawn Pakistani women less likely to own a mobile phone than men: study Jamal Shahid 9-Nov-18 Dawn Pakistani women less likely to own a mobile phone than men: study Jamal Shahid 9-Nov-18 The Dawn Pakistani women less likely to own a mobile phone than men: study Jamal Shahid 9-Nov-18 The News Pakistan’s urban-rural mobile ownership divide  set to close soon, study  shows Jawwad Rizvi 9-Nov-18 Pakistan Today ICT survey stresses need to promote internet usage in Pakistan Unknown 9-Nov-18 Phone World Pakistan Among the Top Asian Countries with Highest Gender Gap: Study Reveals Fizza Atique 9-Nov-18 The News Pakistan’s urban-rural mobile ownership divide set to close soon, study shows Unknown 9-Nov-18 Dawn Pakistani women less likely to own a mobile phone than men: study Jamal Shahid 10-Nov-18 Tech Juice Pakistani women far less likely to own a smartphone as compared to males, new report Muneeb Ahmad 10-Nov-18 Pakistan Today ICT Survey stresses need to promote internet usage in Pakistan Unknown 12-Nov-18 Dawn Most Pakistanis do not know what the internet is: report Jamal Shahid […]
I have never been able to understand the satellite fixation some of the decision makers in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have. But Myanmar’s plans for a geostationary satellite for broadcasting makes sense. Myanmar has a population density that is very low (76 people per sq. km, compared with 1,103 for Bangladesh and 309 for Sri Lanka) and it is a vast country (676,577 sq km v 143,998 sq km in Bangladesh and 65,610 sq km in Sri Lanka). A national broadcast satellite may make sense, though they should always compare the costs against the alternative of using channels on regional satellites.
The research was done in Sri Lanka, but it was first reported on in India, then in Bangladesh and now the Sri Lankan English-language Sunday newspaper with the largest circulation has chosen to reprint what Nalaka Gunawardene wrote for SciDev. Now we need to work on Pakistan and Nepal. City planners need to know where people live and congregate, when and how they move, their economic conditions, where they spend their money, and about their social networks. Currently the best big data source for these variables involves mobile phones – ubiquitous device used by the rich and poor alike. Mobile network big data (MNBD) is produced by all phones, smart and otherwise, and include call detail records (CDRs) generated when calls and texts are sent or received, web is accessed, and prepaid values are loaded.
The October 13th dissemination event has generated more coverage, this time in the Sunday Times, the leading English weekly. LIRNEasia, a think tank headquartered in Sri Lanka and representing South Asian, has teamed up with the Lanka Fruits, Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (LFVPEA) and are jointly involved in a project to find out ways and means of obtaining more money from agriculture – and to improve the agriculture value chain to make it a win-win solution. They held an open discussion programme with expert research findings last week at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Auditorium and the focus at this open forum was on pineapple growing and how to assist the pineapple smallholders to overcome the hassles in producing quality consistent fruit, and to ascertain on adequate supplies to the export market.
The Sunday Observer reported on the dissemination workshop conducted on 13 October 2011: Kapugama said that Sri Lanka should promote high density planting and intensive management to boost pineapple cultivation in the country. Pineapple cultivators in Sri Lanka face many challenges due to the scarcity of land, healthy suckers and the absence of high yielding cultivation methods. The high cost of fertiliser is a major factor that affects the cost of production. Kapugama said that due to the problems faced by pineapple cultivators exporters and pineapple-based product manufacturers are adversely affected. “There should be a proper mechanism to obtain information on pineapple sucker providers based on their reputation”, Kapugama said.
I was too gentle the first time. I thought the UN University was taking a cheap short cut to get publicity in the tough Indian media market. But if people are talking about this comparison of toilets and mobiles one year later, it appears that the cheap shortcut has been effective, more effective than I thought. Mobiles are personal devices; toilets are generally a household amenity. Except in Mukesh Ambani’s house, the number of toilets is generally lower than the number of people living in the house.
LIRNEasia CEO, Rohan Samarajiva, recently spoke at a workshop organized for the telecom reporters in Bangladesh to strengthen their understanding and know-how on telecom, especially regarding legal, regulatory and business issues. The event has received extensive media exposure. While noting that Bangladesh boasts of the some of the lowest tariffs in the world, largely a result of budget telecom network business model, Rohan argued that the government’s vision for a “digital” Bangladesh can only be met “by extending the budget telecom network model to broadband, building wireless access networks capable of handling data cost-effectively, backed up by non-discriminatory, cost-oriented access to backhaul, including redundant capacity, and offering applications that are of value to consumers, giving them reason to use broadband.” Click here to read the full article in the Daily Star. More coverage will be tracked here in the coming days.
 We continue to receive media coverage for the Islamabad Mobile 2.0 Applications and Conditions Expert Forum Meeting. M. Somasekhar’s piece on Hindu Business Line on mobile payments says: Experts from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Kenya, Thailand, the Philippines, Bhutan and Bangladesh among other nations met in Islamabad recently to discuss their experiences in providing mobile phone services for the BoP segment in their respective countries. They agreed that a beginning has been made and the road ahead appeared daunting, but technological progress promised quick results.
Findings from LIRNEasia’s study on the telecom regulatory environment in emerging Asia has been published in the Bangkok Post, one of Thailand’s leading print media. The article gives a detailed account of proceedings from a recently concluded seminar,   held in Bangkok, to disseminate the findings. Thailand’s telecommunications sector needs greater regulatory fairness as well as clarity in policy from the government on the future of former state enterprises CAT and ToT if Thailand is to secure the huge investment needed for 3G and data services moving into the future. LIRNEasia…conducted a study of the perceptions towards the regulators in eight emerging Asian economies in the second half of 2008 and representatives from the regulator NTC, ToT, the GSM Association and think-tank TDRI were invited to the report’s presentation. The event was co-hosted by LIRNE Asia, and was hosted by Chulalongkorn University’s Dr Pirongrong Ramasoota, an activist who set the tone of the event by noting that today Thailand is in competition with India to be the last of the eight Asian countries to attain 3G.
Research on Peruvian demand for telecom services by Aileen Aguero, a researcher from DIRSI, who is current working at LIRNEasia for six months, has made it to the leading newspaper in Peru. The article, which documents the introduction of bundled services by telecom companies, uses Aileen’s research on the demand for telecom services in Peru to explain the provision of varied packages by operators to suit different socio-economic groups. Her study shows that the lowest socio-economic group spends only 5% of family income on telecommunications; however, for every 10% increase in family income, Peruvians increases their spending on telecommunications by 19.7% on average. The full (local language) article is available here.
Teleuse@BOP3, LIRNEasia’s six country study has shown that between 2006 and 2008 there has been significant uptake of mobiles by the BOP in emerging Asia. Access to computers on the other hand (see here for numbers)  in these countries at the BOP is minimal.  Together with the increasing capabilities of mobiles to deliver an array of services, which essentially boil down to what you can do on the Internet (information publication and retrieval, transactions, etc) this means that much of the BOP will have their first Internet experience through a mobile. The current issue of Nokia’s Expanding Horizons quarterly magazine highlights LIRNEasia’s Teleuse@BOP3 study findings from India, illustrating this point. Mobiles are now the most common form of communication, pushing public phones into second place… The rapid evolution of the mobile into a multi-purpose communications and knowledge tool combined with its fast adoption by the BOP, means they and the majority of people in the developing world are likely to have their first Internet experience via a mobile.
An AFP story published today talks about the Indian boom in mobile connections, despite all round economic gloom: a record 15m new connections were added in India in January 2009 according to the article. India’s “mobile revolution” is still mainly seen in the cities, but the real prize for phone companies is the vast rural market, where nearly 70 percent of the 1.1-billion-strong population live, analysts say. By the end of January, 34.5 percent of the population owned a telephone, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said.
Researc h to practice is the central preoccupation of LIRNEasia. We differ from conventional researchers in our fixation on how to convey our research to policymakers, regulators, senior managers of operators and to the symbolic universe they live in. We choose our research questions and methods with this end in mind and we conduct our research on schedules determined by the need for effective communication to these key stakeholders. We measure success by whether the research that we communicate catalyzes changes in laws, policies, practices and worldviews . In this light, the SSRC organized pre-conference seemed an ideal academic event to attend after many years.
Sri Lanka using customs authorities to censor academics: report – LANKA BUSINESS ONLINE Another book by Rohan Samarajiva, from LirneAsia, a Colombo-based regional policy think tank, had been detained by customs from December. Samarajiva’s book, “ICT infrastructure in emerging Asia, Policy and Regulatory roadblocks” released by the Indian unit of academic publishing house, Sage, was launched in India in December. Sri Lanka;s customs chief Sarath Jayathilake was quoted in the report as saying that the detention was not brought to his attention and he was not aware why the books were seized. “We usually detain these books if it’s a matter of security and we refer them to Defence (Ministry) or the Government Information Department,” Jayathilake was quoted as saying. The LirneAsia publication had a chapter on telecommunications usage in the Jaffna peninsular.
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