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Tony Poulos

October 26, 2010

I spent a few days in Hong Kong last week, flirting with the might of Typhoon Megi which threatened to close down this dynamic city and the only means of escape – the airport. Hong Kong is one of those cities that is constantly changing and a place where new technology is not only accepted by the community it is embraced, nay, demanded.

In terms of wireless technology it is always at the leading edge (some would say bleeding edge), fueled by a very large and incredibly compact population and very competitive CSPs constantly trying to outdo each other to attract the remnants of an... MORE

October 18, 2010

Everybody in the telecommunications sector gets excited at predictions of increased spending in capital expenditure (capex), all except shareholders that is. They always seem to respond negatively to any signs of increased costs, especially in the wake of lowering or flattening revenues.

If a report released today by Ovum is on target then we can expect to see SP capex rising by 9 per cent in 2011 to $303 billion after experiencing falls of 9 per cent in 2009 and a further 4 per cent in 2010. But what is most exciting is the expectation of growth in revenues by 2 per cent this year... MORE

October 15, 2010

Broadband networks, both fixed and mobile and especially the 'national' kind, may spell the end of the industry as we know it. I'm not trying to be sensational or a harbinger of doom but there a signs appearing that many CXOs and their boards should take notice of.

The NBNs (national broadband networks) being established in Australia and Singapore are excellent examples. Although the routes being followed to provide FTTH (fiber to the home) in each country is different, the end result will be a single high-speed national network, funded primarily by the state and operated as an '... MORE

October 12, 2010

What happens when you hold a 3G spectrum auction that fails? No, I’m not talking about the shenanigans going on in Thailand, this is the bastion of all that is good and proper in Asia, Singapore. Failure, the word used by the local press, may also be a little strong in this case. The story goes something like this.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) which doubles as the telecoms regulator decided to auction off some unused 3G spectrum left over from the last auction in 2001. At that time, four licenses were offered but only three were taken up by SingTel, StarHub... MORE

October 08, 2010

When I heard CSG Systems International, Inc. was buying interconnect and retail billing company Intec, my ancient memory cells twigged. CSG, well known as a provider of customer and billing management solutions to satellite broadcasting and cable operators in North America, is not that well known outside its key market. Intec, on the other hand, has a diversified range of customers, including more than 60 of the world's top 100 carriers among its 400 customers worldwide.

It was reported that Intec had been struggling recently, and it was also common knowledge that it had been looking... MORE

October 08, 2010

Australia's obsession with mobile internet-connected ‘smartphones’ has reached new heights (or lows) depending on how you read the results of a Telstra survey.

Australians have admitted to using their devices in bed, on the loo and, alarmingly, when behind the wheel.

The inaugural Telstra Smartphone Index revealed the average Australian had entered a new age in which smartphones go literally wherever they do.

“Whether we’re at home in front of the tele, in the bathroom or in bed, Telstra's research suggests smartphones have become an indispensable way for Aussies to get... MORE