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IDC announce plans to open new research centre in Bangalore

A new research centre is to be established in Bangalore, India, by The International Data Corporation (IDC). The centre will be wholly owned by IDC, signalling the end of the firm’s long-standing relationship with Cyber Media (India) Limited, which served as IDC's partner and representative in

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Phones: a 'feminist issue' in Bangladesh

Mobile phones have the power to change lives in emerging markets, but attitudes towards gender are in some cases impeding progress. Cat Barton looks at how the advent of mobile phones in Bangladesh is plagued by a 'gender gap'...

Nine bid for India 3G, BWA

Nine players have expressed their intention to bid in India’s lengthy, much postponed 3G process, and yet despite all the publicity, there are no new entrants. Foreign companies are giving an apparently lucrative opportunity a miss....

Companies and Markets: Bangladeshi fixed-line still growing

Sharply contrasting with her neighbours, Bangladesh’s fixed-line sector is in good health: it grew by 158,000 lines in 3Q09. The sector’s market-leader was the casualty: BTCL’s share fell eight percentage points to 54% in the year to 3Q09. Companies and Markets’ new report has all the details...

Ovum - three out of four rural Indians are failed

A new report from Ovum concludes that while rural India presents significant growth opportunities for mobile, the market that is currently being addressed is less than 25% of the country’s 800 million potential customers. Tackling low ARPU and high service costs is the challenge...

India - busier and busier 3G or not

The telecoms market seems rather quiet at present - with the exception of India. This review by Michael Schwartz looks at recent developments in this massive market and tries to identify some of the major current trends... 

Azerfon, Vodafone sign strategic partnership

Azerfon, one of the fastest growing mobile operators in Azerbaijan, and Vodafone have announced a non-equity partnership to provide customers with “high quality communications services and to collaborate jointly on future technological developments”...

Slow take-off for Indian 3G?

Recent reports in the Indian press have looked at 3G's success -  or otherwise - in India. BSNL and MTNL have yet to see more than a few sales of 3G services. Is there something flawed with the companies' approach to 3G? Michael Schwartz analyses...

Indian regulator right to welcome MVNOs

On Monday March 2, the Indian government finally gave the go-ahead for Mobile Virtual Network Operators to enter the market. This follows a recommendation back in August 2008 from India's regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The government is expected to release...

Sify Pioneers IP-NGN Adoption in India

Sify, a pioneer and leader in data telecom and Internet services in India is to migrate its infrastructure to a Next Generation IP Network in a first of its kind deal with Cisco. The network aims to set new standards for the data telecom services industry in India...

Mobile workforce among Indian SMEs rising fast

From a level of 22% in 2006, the percentage of Indian SMEs (companies with up to 999 employees) with a "mobile workforce," or employees who need to regularly travel on business for a minimum of four or five days in a month is now as high as 43%...

The waking of India's wireless giant

Following Alec Barton's review of 3G in India, Radio Frequency Systems analyses the enormity of Indian telecoms and looks at the contribution its aluminium transmission line technology can make towards achieving rapid roll out of affordable wireless network...

Are emerging markets ready for 3G?

A manufacturing sector which has enjoyed phenomenal growth...  Mobile subscribers signing up by the million...  A decentralised structure...  Surely India can do no wrong. Well, enter Rajat Mukarji, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for IDEA...

Grameen - a US$5 trillion earner?

 IFC, World Bank's private sector arm, has cast its critical eye over the well-known Grameen Telecom Village phone scheme (you know, the phone ladies in Bangladesh). It has identified what it calculates as a US$5 trillion business plan when translated

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Mobiles will revolutionise seven sectors in rural India

Mobile communication is revolutionising economic and social life in rural India, spawning a wave of local entrepreneurs and creating greater access to social services, according to a new study by The Centre for Knowledge Societies commissioned by Nokia. The research identifies seven major

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