Afghanistan is making progress through gains in education, security, health, and infrastructure
Reposted from The Wall Street Journal
By Saad Mohseni
The conventional wisdom about Afghanistan runs something like this: The country is a lost cause. Almost nothing has changed. The people remain backward and thankless, and there is little benefit for the international community to stay engaged in the country’s future.
This is far from the truth. Despite many years of conflict, Afghanistan has exhibited dramatic signs of economic, social and cultural revival. The country has undergone such extraordinary change since 9/11 that a return to the dark period of the Taliban is unfathomable. More…
Reposted from Developing Telecoms
By James Barton
The leading telecom provider in the Maldives is implementing a solution to prevent revenue leakage caused by fraud and billing inaccuracies across its mobile and fixed line networks. Dhiraagu is using MACH’s Revenue Protection solution due to its unique “in memory computing” functionality, which substantially reduces the overall time required to detect and stop any type of revenue leakage.
Reposted from Bloomberg
By Amy Thomson
Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) and China Mobile Ltd. (941), the two biggest wireless companies, will join forces to bid for mobile licenses in Myanmar as investors and operators jostle to be among the first into the Southeast Asian country.
The licenses would allow Newbury, England-based Vodafone and China Mobile to build and operate a nationwide network for 15 years, they said yesterday in a statement. Myanmar will announce the license winners on June 27, Vodafone said, citing the government’s documentation.
Investors are piling into newly opened Myanmar, which has less than 10 percent mobile penetration among its 64 million people, after the government said it wants to boost telecommunications coverage to as much as 80 percent of the population by 2016. Billionaire George Soros has joined with Digicel Group Ltd. and property developer Serge Pun to bid for the licenses, the trio said in a separate statement yesterday. More…
Reposted from The Irrawaddy
A man talks on a mobile phone in the street in Rangoon while a woman makes a call from a public phone shop.
By Thet Swe Aye
RANGOON — Cellphone SIM cards costing as little as 1,500 kyat (US $2) will be available from April 24, state media reported on Thursday.
Initially, 350,000 cards will be distributed throughout the country. Users of the new service will have to spend at least 2,500 kyat ($3) per month in order to keep using the SIM cards.
Tin Win, a resident of Monywa in Sagaing Division, said until now rural communities might share one or two cellphones between an entire village. More…
Reposted from the BBC
By Lucy Hooker
“We understand the need for PR,” says Burma’s industry minister, Soe Thein, smiling broadly, and inviting his BBC visitors to orange squash and cakes.
This is true. If any country is in want of an image makeover, it is Burma. More…
Reposted from Americas Society
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang
By Rachel Glickhouse
While much of the focus on the Asian presence in Latin America is given to China, other Asian countries are also eager to expand their trade ties to the Western Hemisphere. Vietnam—a Communist country with a free-market economy which grew at nearly 6 percent last year—has been quietly courting Latin American countries, hoping to increase its exports to the region three-fold to $6 billion by 2015 and gain access to the region’s valuable commodity markets. More…
Reposted from RapidTVNews
By Rebecca Hawkes
Bangladesh’s broadcasting and communications services are to be given a boost with the 2015 launch of the South Asian country’s first satellite, to be called Bangabandhu. More…
Reposted from HaitiLibre
Two years after January 12, 2010, the country is set to receive a major boost with the delivery of a US$16m 200km undersea cable which will link the country to the world via internet connectivity, thanks to Digicel.
The project, which is being undertaken in conjunction with Columbus Networks, the undersea fibre-optic cable network provider in the Pan Caribbean Americas region, and Alcatel-Lucent, will dramatically expand the range and quality of fixed and mobile broadband services and content delivered throughout the country. More…
Reposted from The Wall Street Journal
Myanmar's people are mostly unreached by telecom services
By Patrick Barta
Myanmar is considering plans to open its underdeveloped telecommunications market to large-scale foreign investment, a senior regulator said.
Khin Maung Thet, director-general of Myanmar’s Post & Telecommunications Department, said in an interview that a new communications law is being studied to create four new telecommunications licenses in the country, with the licenses available both to local and foreign investors. Currently, foreigners aren’t allowed to hold telecom licenses in Myanmar, he said. More…