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June 09, 2014

Roland Montagne, IDATE principle analyst: “The best friend of fiber is wireless. Fiber handles up to 75% of mobile broadband Wi-Fi offload.”

TM chief strategy officer Farid Sani: “The future of mobility is fixed. The length of the wireless portion of networks is going to get smaller and the length of wired portion will get longer.”

Khoong Hock Yun, IDA assistant CEO, suggests to regulators looking at NBN projects: “Do your homework, which allows you to be bold in pushing incumbents. You are not there to kill existing players. But you don’t want them to hold back the rest...

June 06, 2014

In a country with 1.35 billion people and a land mass of  9.6 million square kilometers, national and industry stats are often in a category of their own. And fiber is of course no exception.
The country’s broadband subscriber base increased 15 times over 10 years and stands at 189 million. It has 155 million kilometers of fiber, a 13 times increase from 11 million in 2003. That represents 30% annual growth and 60% of the world’s total.

China has 40 million FTTH subs, which account for close to 50% of the global total of 90 million. China Telecom has about 80% of the...

May 27, 2014

The growth in larger-screen smartphones, or phablets if you must, has already impacted the young tablet segment, which is only four years old. Apple introduced the first iPad in April 2010.

IDC reported tablet shipments grew just 3.9% in Q1 to 50.4 million compared to a year ago. The single-digit figure merely confirms the downward trend first experienced in Q4, when growth slowed to 28%. That’s huge shift for the segment accustomed to robust annual increases – 68% in 2013 and 78% in 2012.

Apple was the big loser in Q1, with shipments down 16% and its market share dropping...

May 23, 2014

Point Topic has just released its forecast for worldwide fixed broadband at the end of the decade – its estimate is 989.4 million lines at the end of December 2020.

Let’s put that number in perspective. That’s significantly less than current 1.1 billion fixed telephone lines and less than half the 2.3 billion active mobile broadband subscribers the ITU reported in May.

Actually, comparing 2014 figures, the ratio is closer to 3:1 – global mobile broadband penetrating is 32% vs 9.8% for fixed broadband, according to the ITU. (No doubt the subscriber number is inflated due to...

May 22, 2014

SmarTone CEO Douglas Li was in Guangzhou last week with his CTO doing a monthly review of its hotline performance. Specifically they were looking at the 0.43% of callers who rated it “bad” when taking its customer satisfaction survey.

For April, of the odd 7,000 who completed the survey (about 30,000 were invited) 95% rated its service “good” and 4.7% rated it "acceptable”.

The management team reviewed the background of each of the 19 cases to see what happened, look for lessons learned and determine what steps need to be taken to rectify each issue. He says the hotline team...