Are vendors now “telcos”?

I was reading the recent Gartner report entitled “Telecom New Zealand Pioneers a new kind of Carrier-Vendor Business Model”. It discussed how TNZ decided that given it being a relatively small carrier, that it will focus on customer related services (value added services) and be reliant instead on only one vendor. One vendor has been Read More

ITU 13th subregional meeting, Myanmar, October 2006

The ITU and the government of Myanmar, successfully ran and hosted the 13th subregional meeting for Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam (CMLV). Topics of discussion focused on Advanced wireless technologies and Internet Governance. Presenters included NTT Japan, Mr Alexander Ntoko, Head of e-strategies at ITU, and myself as the external expert hired as an ITU Read More

Next Generation Wireless – a Wireless Special Interest Group Meeting, TIE

Next Generation Wireless observations from Laina Raveendran Greene as to the evolution of a wireless world @ the The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) Special Interest Group I truly enjoy living out here in Silicon Valley as there are innumerable opportunities to network with innovators of technology and enthusiastic entrepreneurs. One of the recent networking events I attended, Read More

APEC TEL 33 Restructuring – Promising

Observations from Laina Raveendran Greene on the APEC TEL 33 meeting in Calgary Canada It was indeed an interesting experience attending APEC TEL 33 in Calgary, Canada has been away from the APEC scene since 2002. My days as Secretary General of Asia Pacific Internet Association during 1997-1999, took me there on a regular basis. Read More

Vendor convergence

Having just written about the telco player convergence, leading to the new AT&T, it is indeed not surprising to learn about how Alcatel and Lucent have agreed to merge to form a major global player in telecommunications equipment. Given the rising interest in rolling out IP NGN aroung the world, this makes sense in its Read More

Quadruple Play

I know lately the focus has been on triple play (voice, data and video) but to some extent it is mainly a new name for convergence which has been debated on for more than 15 years now. Convergence is something that has been discussed as way back as in the late 80s. There was the Read More

In Tunisia, the World Summit on the Information Society sets global goals

TUNIS, Tunisia - Declaring that the free flow of information and ideas can greatly strengthen social and economic development, governments at the World Summit on the Information Society here approved a global agenda for making information and communications technologies more open, accessible, and available. “We recognize that freedom of expression and the free flow of Read More