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A different view: Mobile Handsets

Published on December 26th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

This is from a recent WIRED magazine gadget test issue. It shows the source of the different metals used in making of a mobile handset but I liked how it illustrates the components (screen, circuit board, [&hellip... Read More

Broadband Internet

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Triple Play In Pakistan

Published on December 22nd, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Triple play made its way to Pakistan. Triple Play service is a marketing term for the 3 services: high-speed Internet, Video (TV, Video on Demand) and telephone service – all over a single broadband connection. Wateen, PTCL and Nayatel are [&hellip... Read More

Competitive Trends

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MNP Issues in Japan

Published on December 21st, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

As we wait for Pakistan to implement mobile number portability, let us take a look at the status of another recent MNP implementation – in Japan. As expected there were issues after MNP – but the nature of the issues [&hellip... Read More


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Telecom and Disaster Management

Published on December 19th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

 Information and communication technologies (ICT) play an important role of lifeline in disaster management life cycle. The recent disasters in Asia and USA have highlighted the need for interoperable standards and technologies, and better planning and coordination to [&hellip... Read More


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Telecom Politics in Asia

Published on December 18th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

The Indian telecom market is again the topic of a political discussion about security and foreign telecommunication and technology firms. Recently the Chinese telecom equipment firms ZTE and Huawei were the issue but now Orascom has joined the [&hellip... Read More


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Future of Paktel

Published on December 11th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Paktel has been in the news recently. Its European parent company Millicom has decided to exit Pakistan and the fate of its assets and employees is unclear. This presents a test case for PTA - can it [&hellip... Read More

Broadband Internet

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Battle Goes on: PTCL vs PTA

Published on December 7th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

This is a followup to my previous posts about bandwidth rate cuts. In the latest development Lahore High Court has granted PTCL stay against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s decision to reduce bandwidth prices after the Etisalat-run [&hellip... Read More

Digital Divide

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Digital Opportunity Index

Published on December 5th, 2006 | by Babar Bhatti

Are the developing countries and organizations such as ITU, WSIS making real progress against digital divide? A new measure called Digital Opportunity Index may provide an objective way to  answer this question.   Following the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) summits (Geneva [&hellip... Read More

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