Robert Clark

December 14, 2010

It’s one scare after another in these nervy times. If it’s not the China cyber threat that has us worried, it’s another DDoS attack or the latest poisoned search scam.

But at least one crisis is being quickly resolved.

Remember rare earths? China cut off supply to Japanese traders during their East China Sea squabble two months back.

China, which supplies 97% of the world’s rare earths, denied that it had halted supply, which would breach WTO rules, claiming it was merely cutting quotas.

But Japanese traders were unable to obtain the elements, which are essential for the manufacture of precision instruments, hybrid ...    


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December 10, 2010  |  1 comments

The most telling release from the State Department this week was not a leaked cable but its “World Press Freedom Day” announcement.

Just as the rest of the US government was hounding companies not to do business with WikiLeaks, the department hailed the ability of new media to empower citizens in “environments sometimes hostile” to freedom of expression.

“At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information,” it went on to say.

You gotta love that.

But as well as the unembarrassed hypocrisy, it reminds us that ...    


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November 25, 2010

Huawei is the LTE market leader in terms of contracts signed, accounting for more than a third of the deals signed to date.

That’s more than twice as many as 4G deals as the nearest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens, according to TeleGeography.

Of course, the bulk of those deals are with developing market operators. When it comes to the dollars, Ericsson is still the global champion.

Ericsson is also behind some of the high-profile early deployments, such as the TeliaSonera’s network, which went live last December, and the first US LTE launch by MetroPCS last month.

Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent all ...    


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November 22, 2010

Skype is the least surprising company to find at a mobile trade show.

Both key elements of its business - voice and broadband – are shifting rapidly to mobile. Russ Shaw, who flew the flag for Skype at last week’s Mobile Asia Congress, says the focus is to get on as many devices and platforms as possible.

But what does surprise is how mobile-friendly Skype’s pitch has become.

When its high-quality VoIP service started five years ago it was seen as a dagger into the heart of telcos.

Now Skype cites a study of 3UK Skype users that shows they generate 60% more voice ...    


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November 19, 2010  |  1 comments

If there's a telco exec who deserves a hearing on his Asian experience, it's Sigve Brekke, the man who leads the most successful non-Asian telco in the region.

Brekke, head of Teleonor’s Asian operations, kindly shared his top four tips for business success in the region at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress Wednesday. 

His credentials? He's been with Telenor's Asian business for more than a decade, building out operations in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and, most recently, India (more on India later). 

Asia accounts for 90 million of Telenor's 195 million global subscribers, including 30 million at GrameenPhone, its Bangladesh JV, which is ...    


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