When bad things happen to good people…

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012

A recent article from Ecuador in BNAmericas entitled “Ministers meet to discuss possibility of tariff reductions for mobile services” (Sorry subscription required) made me think about the theme of unintended consequences and then about the title. The story from the World Bank, IMF, US government etc. in the mid-90s was that privatization was the solution […]

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New Chilean Antenna Law Brings Macondo To The Southern Cone

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For a long time, Chile has been the region’s most advanced telecommunications market First with long distance competition First with new mobile technologies — GSM, WCDMA, HSPA First with new fixed technologies like MPLS Those of us who work in countries thought to be “less well-organized” could only sigh in envy at the unspoken alliance […]

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Tweet of the Week for June 2-8 2012

Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2012

#Nextel BR (#NII) denied right to sell to consumers. Judge says license forces only to sell to Co.s or professions. ow.ly/bo5zo #yg Full Disclosure: I have advised Nextel International in the past through my association with Yankee Group. Admittedly this looks like the case of a lower level judge ruling in favor of established players (the law suit […]

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Tale of Two Presidents

Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2012

The annual Colombian Engineers Association (ACIEM) telecommunications conference last week (May 30th and 31st) is always an occasion to see the leaders of the Colombian industry on their best form. Full Disclosure: I am on the organizing committee and have been for many years. But I was particularly struck by the contrast between the ETB […]

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Which comes first? Wealth or Broadband?

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012

I had the good fortune to attend the launch of the Blackberry 9220 and 9320 in Cartagena Colombia last week as one of the speakers. The launch took place in the “convention center” of the Hotel Santa Clara which is in fact the ancient chapel of the convent-converted-into-hotel. Being a speaker meant I actually got […]

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