Telecom Asia---Shape of Tomorrow's Telecom

Kuehn, Richard A.
November 2004
Business Communications Review;Nov2004, Vol. 34 Issue 11, p66
Trade Publication
The article gives information about Telecom Asia organized by the International Telecommunication Union in Busan, Korea. The success of Telecom Asia is, of course, tied to the relatively strong Asian telecom market. And Korea now stands at the apex of not only the Asian market, but much of the world. Exhibits at Telecom Asia revolved around two technologies: Cell phones, which promised "third-generation" services, and IP-broadband central office switching. In the second model, the incumbent provides both transport and the applications. Given the carriers' lack of success in the applications markets and their aversion to risking capital, this will be hard for them to pull off. Both Asia and Africa are enjoying significant increases in telecom penetration levels via wireless. It's much less costly to add a new wireless subscriber than a hard-wired subscriber, which explains why Wi-Fi and WiMax technologies were the stars of the show.


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