Shock of the New

Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Are telcos innovative? I do not remember when I saw this debate recently. I think it was a TMForum webinar. I was reminded again of this recently seeing a ranking of innovative companies in Colombia. None were telcos or even in the telecom industry. I am getting to be ‘older’ and my memory is unreliable, […]

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The new Colombian Minister’s 4-billion-dollar question

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018

As I reported a few weeks ago, Colombia’s new President (Iván Duque sworn in on August 7th) brought a new Minister of ITC (aka MinTIC), Silvia Constaín. Now she has given her first interview and laid out what her priorities will be. The interview in El Tiempo was a week before her first major speech […]

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Idée fixe

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This past weekend I read the abridged version of Ericsson’s Fixed Wireless Handbook, a 40-page brochure for the Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) opportunity. No Ericsson products are mentioned so the purpose is purely client education. I want FWA to work this time, really I do. The 40-page handbook is the linear extract from a much […]

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Forget that fear of gravity

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018

To start, let me acknowledge the problem: the business case for broadband in emerging markets gets very difficult the further away you get from major economic centers. Thus, Facebook’s experimentation with exotic technologies like this week’s 5G from hovering airships. The challenge is obvious. Emerging markets are often characterized by low average incomes exacerbated by […]

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Band(s) on the run

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The last few weeks have been full of stories about (potential 5G) spectrum, mostly mid-band, some of it positive, some of it controversial. At least we cannot complain that the issue is being ignored (as it often was in the past). Some recent tidbits: Brazilian regulator (Anatel) head, Jaurez Quadros “clarifies” that the 3Ghz band […]

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