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Activating potential in emerging markets

It’s obvious that operators would constantly be on the lookout for ways of increasing the fidelity of their coverage – but it’s equally obvious that the best coverage in the world couldn’t justify an enormous increase in expenditure. So, how to solve this conundrum? DT editor James Barton spoke


Remote control: why hosted networks are right for rural

Connecting rural communities is a particular challenge in emerging markets, as infrastructure frequently does not extend into the more remote corners of the landscape. However, advances in backhauling mean that operators are now able to extend coverage to remote regions more efficiently and


Open Cloud Frees Vendor Lock-In

As the debate between private and public clouds moves on to hybrid cloud adoption, a presumably more flexible form of cloud computing model, there is no denying that the fear of vendor lock-in persists, as most cloud services are still proprietary in nature.

In contrast, an open cloud


BRICs performing well at using ICT for citizens’ benefit

The social, economic and environmental benefits of ICT are the subject of Ericsson and Arthur D. Little’s Networked Society Index, which ranks 25 of the world's largest cities according to their ability to implement ICTs to this end. Several BRIC cities are faring well, with Shanghai and


ITU Telecom World 2011 sets new paradigm?

“ITU Telecom World 2011 sets new paradigm for top-level networking and knowledge-sharing”. So said the announcement at the end of ITU Telecom World 2011 – but does it really? And what exactly was new about the paradigm for top level networking and knowledge sharing in Geneva?

Can Cloud Security Work in Emerging Markets?

Cloud computing is a seemingly unstoppable force, with its popularity increasing steadily across the world as its applications become more apparent. However, while many consumers can see the advantage of cloud storage, there are still many reservations about cloud service provision, with


Ditching diesel: the fuel cell alternative

One issue that affects telecom deployments all over the world is power, but the problem of unreliable power supplies is particularly prevalent in emerging markets. Challenging terrain and poor quality electricity grids have resulted in the spread of expensive and polluting diesel


Bringing broadband to the world’s poorest communities

Governments around the world need to rapidly formulate and implement national multi-sectoral broadband plans – or risk being seriously disadvantaged in today’s increasingly high-speed digital environment, according to a new report from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development...

ITU launches global digital literacy campaign for women

The ITU has announced the launch of a new digital literacy partnership with Philippines-based NGO Foundation that over the next 18 months will train one million unskilled women to use computers and modern information and communication technology (ICT) applications to improve


Data is the key challenge in emerging markets too!

If there is such a thing as the hot topic in telecoms, Mobile World Congress is where you will find out about it. And right now the issue that is taking up more time than anything else in the minds and engineering departments of service providers as well as vendors it is the explosion of data


New device to access internet and email on a TV

A unique new device from Vodafone named the Webbox has the potential to revolutionise internet access in emerging markets. The first device of its kind, the Webbox is a keyboard which, once plugged into any television set, provides affordable internet access...

Telenor takes legal action to prevent VimpelCom merger

Telenor’s opposition to VimpelCom’s proposed acquisition of Wind Telecom (formerly Weather Investments) shows no sign of letting up, with the Norwegian firm initiating a court case to protect the “pre-emptive rights” that it enjoys as a key VimpelCom shareholder...

Access to Finance Drives CSP M&A Activity in Emerging Markets

In the past year there have been a number of changes of ownership and take-overs among communication service providers (CSPs) in emerging markets. This is part of the process of the network consolidation taking place across emerging regions as the realities of operating in low ARPU markets,


WiMAX Operators Gather to Draft Global Roaming Agreements

Sixteen WiMAX operators from across the globe gathered in Taipei this week to draft roaming agreements and bring consumers one step closer to true global roaming on 4G networks. The first WiMAX Forum Global Operator Summit served as an interactive working event for all service providers to


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