Tony Poulos

February 13, 2012

As featured on TM Forum’s the Insider Blog

Anyone seduced by those ‘Incredible India’ advertisements that ply the TV airwaves around the world may be lulled into a false sense of security, much the same as bidders for 122 2G spectrum licenses were.

The color, the vibrancy, the uniqueness of India that is used to attract tourists soon gives way to squalor, poverty, dirt and grime that is the real India. Those license holders that have now been stripped naked and left with no 2G licenses or compensation are the victims of an inept bureaucracy that appears to have condoned corruption – ...    


February 06, 2012

As featured on TM Forum’s the Insider Blog

The European Commission last week suggested some serious reforms to data protection laws last that could have implications for everyone that uses the internet or provides services over the internet, including operators.

For a start, companies operating over the internet will have to seek explicit consent from users if they plan to use data about them, including when it is being collected, how long it will be stored, and for what purpose it is being used for. (Sounds a bit like Google’s new privacy policy which places the onus on the individual to set ...    


February 02, 2012

Google sent me an email last week. It read:

“Dear Google user,

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.”

Maybe what it should have said was:

Dear Google user,

Forget everything we told you in the past about respecting your privacy. Whatever you do via any of our portals from now in will be ours to use any way we like. If you don’t like it, go ...    


January 30, 2012

As featured on TM Forum’s the Insider Blog

A recent Computerworld article opened up with the provocative statement that wireless bandwidth is like land in Manhattan — it’s extremely valuable because they’re not making more of it. No kidding. That probably explains why it has become such a premium commodity.

Until new spectrum can be created (who knows what the future holds there) or existing spectrum can be better utilized, its value, like scarce metals, will continue to rise – some even say, skyrocket.

Maybe that’s why AT&T spent $1.9 billion in December 2011 to acquire spectrum from Qualcomm, and why it is ...    


January 26, 2012

I’ve just finished reading the New York Times report on the departure of the twin CEOs at BlackBerry HQ, RIM. If the situation were not so critical for RIM shareholders it would actually make hilarious reading, something akin to a black comedy.

For a start, how many companies do you know have two CEOs? The title itself, Chief Executive Officer, does not even accommodate anything plural. It has also come to light that there have been two COOs working concurrently in RIM as well. One of them, Thorsten Heins, will now step into the singular CEO role vacated by the ‘bobsy’ ...    



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