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TRPC Director on FT, 8 Mar 2015: “Society is hardly in need of champions of technology”

March 8, 2015 11:01 pm Society is hardly in need of champions of technology Sir, Jérôme Wittamer (Letters, March 6) totally misses the point of the impact of technological change on society, as does Walter Isaacson (“Luddites fear humanity will

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Accounting for Kowtow? You can Bank on it!

It was May 1989. I had arrived in January in Hong Kong as a visiting research fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and just finished reading Jan Morris’s new book Hong Kong about Britain’s last colony. During the previous

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APEC Digital Opportunity Center Workshop: ICTs and Development

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at the APEC Digital Opportunnity Center Workshop: ICTs and Development on 10th July, Taipei. Download the presentation: ICTs and Development

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Move Uber Please

In a benign Internet world, the emergence of a “caring, sharing” economy would be something to look forward to. For example, a taxi driver on the streets of London or Brussels or Paris would happily check their monitor screen for

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KingCanute.com

Like most children I learned from my school days that the Philistines were, well Philistines, which they were not; that the nineteenth century machine-wrecking Luddites in England were against technological progress, which they were not; and that an imbecilic King

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Trust

Fewer, if not few, people have much trust in the banking and financial system after recent experiences of inter-bank rate rigging scandals, the unscrupulous selling of financial duds to an unsuspecting public, dodgy investments in derivatives, excessive bonus payments even

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The World Wide Crimea?

What do Crimea and the Internet have in common? They have both become the terrain of political struggle. And the protagonists are pretty much the same. To be geographically inexact about it, East vs. West, well in Europe. Refusing to

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WhatsUpp?

WhatsApp is up, by USD19 billion all told. Why? Why did Facebook pay more than the nominal GDP of 84 of the poorest countries in the world, starting with Honduras (USD18.6 billion) and descending all the way down to tiny

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End of the Age of Innocence

2013 was a Year of Revelations. Of those that will have recurring repercussions, the revelations of Edward Snowden must take the prize. Not just for the scope of the surveillance revealed, but perhaps especially for the “workaround” of safeguards and

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OTT: Competing or Collaborating (Indonesia Telecommunications Business)

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at the  OTT in Indonesia Telecommunications Business at Mastel: Sari Pan Pacific Hotel Jakarta on 5th December 2013 professional resume writing services Download the presentation here.

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ITU Telecom World 2013

TRPC Director Professor John Ure was a Panelist for two sessions during the ITU Telecom World Conference 2013, held in Bangkok from 19-22 November. A quick registration (name and email details) is required to view the video-on-demand sessions. Links below

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Memories and Symbols

This month 2 images caught my eye. First, the outpouring of grief and admiration for Nelson Mandela. There has rarely been a man who has captured so emphatically in his lifetime the essence of what it means to rise above

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Internet Business Economics and Policy

A Presentation by Professor John Ure at NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on the Internet Economy and Policy Preface Internet business is primarily focused upon mass consumption, mass usage. There are exceptions. Enterprise (private) cloud computing often

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Internet of Things: How to Know the Future?

A Presentation by Professor John Ure at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Conference on 18-Nov 2013 college paper writing service reviews Download: DSA Bangkok Presentation 

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The Philippines

In the 1950s Manila was the banking capital of Asia. The Philippines had more telephones per head than Hong Kong. The Philippines looked resurgent. Then came military dictatorship, assassinations of opposition politicians, including the father of the current President and

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Trade Liberalization versus Industrial Policy

Bilateral, regional and global trade agreements are all part of the modern landscape of international economic relationships. They are based upon a simple premise, that free trade is a good thing. At the purely theoretical level this is a tautology.

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Just Thinking

There is little point in saying something for the sake of it. A journo, a politician, a blogger, is often faced with the problem because they’ve got to come up with something. Is it therefore an exercise in hubris when

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Another Age

I have just finishing reading the posthumously published lectures of British Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm who died October 2012. Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century (Little, Brown: 2013) is a good example of never judging a book

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The Revenge of Cybernetics?

If the “medium is the message” then the message in the age of the Internet is that everything we now do and say and think is interconnected; cybernetics has come of age, meaning that the interconnections include feedback loops that

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Try Forecasting the Past

In 2010, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, two respected Harvard economists, shot to fame for publishing a paper that seemed to support the view that once a national debt had crossed the 90% GDP threshold it would impact negatively on

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Discussing the Grey Areas in Regulating OTT Services

Telecom Regulatory Affairs Asia Singapore,1-3 June 2013 Keynote speaker: Prof. John Ure Downloads Discussing the Grey Areas in Regulating OTT Services buy term papers

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Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) Services and Broadband in Asia and the Pacific: A Study of Value and Opportunity Cost in the Assignment of Radio Spectrum

With the digital dividend on the agenda of economies of the Asia Pacific region it is timely to review the spectrum requirements of Public Safety services, also known as Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) services. For decades PPDR services

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Lost and Found in Translation

Words. Here is an example of some, imaginatively (and unexpectedly) cited by the ITU’s Trends in Telecoms Reform 2013. (And as an American friend remarked “anyone who takes an Alexander Hamilton quote from the 18th century and can relate it

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It Ain’t Necessarily So

In the world of social media and instant online news feeds, what actually constitutes ‘news’ is rather problematic. The 140-character ‘news item’ planted on Twitter by hackers in April that bombs had gone off in the White House injuring President

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No News is Bad News

In March, two announcements were made pointing in opposite directions. First, Google announced the closing down of Google Reader, a news-feed app widely used by the cognoscenti of the up-to-date in everything. Yahoo! followed by announcing the purchase for nearly

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Access Price Benchmarking for APCC

Access Price Benchmarking for APCC – a study produced for the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition (APCC) Executive Summary 1. This report follows similar APCC Access Benchmarking reports in 2003, 2006 and 2009. This report covers 14 economies, the same as

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TRPC Director response to FT article Jan 26: China’s subtle censoring of overseas scholarship

Deng foresaw the last door to open From Prof John Ure. Sir, Mark Elvin (Letters, January 26) gives some examples of China’s concerted efforts to monitor and censor overseas works of reference and of scholarship that the state regards as

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What’s there to think about?

2013 is the year of the Water Snake in the Chinese zodiac. Water is considered to have the colour black, which conjures up the high levels of river pollution in China, so 2013 is also said to be the Year

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TRPC Director response to FT article Dec 27: Asia must free itself from the chains of the west

It’s not western ideology that poses threat to Asia How To Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back Using Psychology Sir, The late Edward Said argued against Orientalism, the romantic concept of the “Orient” as somehow exceptional. The Orient has since moved

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Information over the Internet

At Davos this month Tim Berners-Lee, regarded widely as the father of the World Wide Web, warned of silos that were disabling users from sharing their postings across websites. Giving the example of users placing their photo albums online, he

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Dotty.com

2012 ended on a discordant note for the Internet. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the forum at which governments propose regulations and standards for telecoms. Many member states of the ITU regard the Internet as something which should be

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Irrational Expectations?

Nate Silver is a clever man. Using “quants” he correctly predicted the outcome of the US presidential race in every single state bar none. Interest in “business analytics” that uses algorithms that detect trends and key relationships in vast amounts

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Telecoms and Security: Old Wine in New Bottles

A recent report by the US Senate warned that entry of telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei into the US market would be a Trojan horse for China’s spy network. For good technical reasons telecoms has always been viewed by governments and

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Standards for Standards

No one wants to risk using a drug that is not fully tried and tested and accredited by the relevant health standards body. The fact that many people do just that is telling. Of course, the major reason for doing

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Net Neutrality Revisited

Regulatory capture was a concept developed by economist George Stigler of the University of Chicago, but it was already a well observed phenomenon in the USA where powerful industrial and commercial interests exercised undue influence over the agencies and the

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Commentary in TODAY, 31 Jul 2012: ICTs may offer green shoots of hope, by John Ure

by John Ure 04:45 AM Jul 31, 2012 This commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore on 31 Jul 2012. In recent years, numerous reports have estimated the impact on GDP growth of investment in information and communications technology (ICT). The

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TRPC Director and AIC Executive Director John Ure quoted on Net Neutrality [TODAY, 30 Jul 2012]

Can telecom network operators (telcos) or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) control the way you consume Web content? In Singapore, generally the relevant regulators would have to review the circumstances of each case in order to determine if acompany operating in

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3D PRINTING

It used to be the case that a dental patient wanting a crown for a tooth needed to sit through an uncomfortable process of having a damp polymer stuck over their tooth and waiting for it to dry before the

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Technology, Oh Technology and Manchester City

On May 7th hundreds of millions of viewers around the world watched the exciting climax to the English Premier League football championship match between home team and clear favourites Manchester City and QPR who were fighting to avoid relegation. If

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The internet: Innovation, Data flows and Markets

APEC Conference on Innovation and Trade April 4-5 2012, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore Keynote speaker: Prof. John Ure Downloads APEC Keynote Speaker Address 4th April 2012 Innovation and trade – currently emerging as one of the most important next

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How Unassailable is Facebook?

2012 is scheduled as the year Facebook goes public. It has been well advertised that Facebook does not need the money and the Inland Revenue is also pretty indifferent as to whether the taxes are paid by a private individual

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3G Auctions: A Change of Course (in Networking Knowledge for Information Societies: Institutions & Intervention)

3G Auctions: A Change of Course in Networking Knowledge for Information Societies: Institutions & Intervention Edited by Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva, and Amy Mahan 2002 Delft University Press About the book This comprehensive volume includes state-of-the-art analyses of the problems

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Bottom of the Pyramid and Mobile Payments

Approximately half the world’s population of over 6 billion people has access to a mobile phone and over 80 per cent live in areas covered by a mobile network. For the first time people living in the developing world own

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Artificial Intelligence – More Brawn than Brain?

The IT world is getting faster all the time. Telcos are upgrading to high speed broadband NGNs; the processing power of ever smaller chips in ever smaller devices continues exponential growth; and apps and services rely upon ever faster searches

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When the Internet Went on Strike

On 18 January 2012 the Internet went on strike. Wikipedia and a whole host of Internet sites went dark for a day in protest again SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The sponsors of these two

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Capitalism and social services

Sir, Lawrence Summers and Samuel Brittan, in the “Capitalism in Crisis” series, complement each other in important ways. Prof Summers (“Current woes call for smart reinvention not destruction”, January 9) manages to reduce a modern capitalism economy to two sectors,

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Year of the Dragonet?

Early in 2011 it was revealed that China was going ahead with an experiment to set up an Internet Special Administrative Region (SAR) similar in concept to the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of the 1980s that started the process of

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ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015

As various free trade negotiations hit the headlines –AFTA, TPP, BTAs, etc – ASEAN seems to be finding a new lease of life.  It already has well established institutions, and with Myanmar apparently on the road to reform there is

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The Business Dynamics of Social Network Sites (SNS)

Social networking has become global based as it is on the Internet. Less certain has been its transformation into sustainable businesses models. Most SNS have either disappeared or their market share has been absorbed by one of a very few

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011): A Man of Our Times

Obituaries are best written before death, and in the media they are. They can be written in relative calm and closer to the truth; after death the temptation is to use superlatives and become superficial. But in the case of

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Regulation Wars

The need for regulation arises for 3 reasons: to assign scarce resources; to protect citizens; and to promote public policy. In the case of telecoms, these equate to, for example: (i) assigning radio spectrum, or rights-of-way; (ii) enforcing public health

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Phony Patent Wars

Anyone following technology markets cannot have missed the growing use of patent wars to cripple or extort or hamper or simply bully competitors into technology agreements or into paying high fees. Patents are a lawyer’s dream and a consumer’s nightmare,

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Wither Media?

The demise of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World in the UK had nothing directly to do with competition from social media. On the contrary, it was a profitable news “rag” appealing to the lowest common denominator of readership, and

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The Death of Telecommunications

The profits warning by KPN (Netherlands) in Apr set off alarm signals. When the CTIA, the wireless telecoms industry association of the US, announced that SMS traffic had grown only 8.7% in 2010, the lowest growth figure for a decade,

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The Risk Game

In the latest in an ever growing number of massive cyber security breaches the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) and Online Entertainment Services were hacked for more than 100 million names, addresses, IDs, passwords and possibly credit card numbers, according to

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Social Networking and the Grassroots Voice

In 1381 the nobility of England were rocked by the Peasants Revolt. There was no Facebook. In 1848 the ruling classes of Europe were rocked by worker uprisings. There was no Facebook. In 1968 student protests swept much of Europe,

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Japan’s Tragedy

Natural disasters are at one and the same time to be expected and yet shock us to the core when they occur. The world of ICTs tends to be one of optimism, hope, anticipation of ever better things to come.

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IPv6

Finally it happ Win Ex Wife Back After Divorce ened. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has run out of IPv4 numbers. The world now has 2 choices. Either source IPv4 numbers that have been issued but are

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Quantifying the impacts of structural reforms in telecommunications markets in APEC economics, in The Impacts and Benefits of Structural Reforms in Transport, Energy and Telecommunications Sectors

Chapter 7: The Impacts and Benefits of Structural Reforms in Transport, Energy and Telecommunications Sectors in Quantifying the impacts of structural reforms in telecommunications markets in APEC economics by Roy Chun LEE, John URE and Hsin Chin LEE successful college essays

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Chinese New Year Resolution

The Wall Street Journal (16 Dec 2010) cited an interesting research paper from the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo on China’s trade balance with the USA. The researchers examined the trade in parts for an iPhone. The traditional measure

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WikiLeaks and Mirrors

Let’s put WikiLeaks into some sort of perspective. In the UK from the 1960s onwards Private Eye became a satirical magazine beloved across the political spectrum from left-wing revolutionaries and anarchists to right-wing Bonapartists and Monarchists alike for its scurrilous,

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Net Neutrality

The net neutrality issue has raised its head again, and this time Asia is getting involved in the debate. the best cigars According to Verizon (November 2010): “A key reason why the FCC doesn’t consider the activities of those who

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Broadband Wireless Access in Asia Pacific: From Opportunity to Profitability

This paper does not dispute the ongoing central importance of the network operators and their ability to command revenue on a utility model basis. write an essay online However, this model cannot deliver strong margins indefinitely. Differentiating the value of

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ICTs Post-recession

As the global economy slowly pulls itself out of the greatest recession since the Second World War, the role of ICTs has transformed the critical relationship between technologies and business operations. For decades professors at universities and business schools taught

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Mobile Banking in Indonesia: Assessing the Market Potential for Mobile Technology to Extend Banking to the Unbanked and Underbanked (Final Report)

Mobile Banking in Indonesia: Assessing the Market Potential for Mobile Technology to Extend Banking to the Unbanked and Underbanked (Final Report) A study for the IFC, supported by AusAid.   Executive Summary In Indonesia, a large percentage of the population

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Will Obama Have to Give Up His Blackberry?

Next time President Obama visits the Arab Gulf States, he can leave his Blackberry at home. Because of its unique P2P security protection which allows neither RIM nor the carrier to read the content of a user’s communication, the Blackberry

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Content Factories and The New Media Model

Google has recently patented an algorithm that identifies search subjects that are under-represented on the Web. For companies such as Demand Media this could spell trouble. Demand Media uses similar algorithms to identify topics for its small army of freelance

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The Changing Face of TV

The famous off-hand remark by Lord Thompson of Fleet who in 1960 described his Scottish TV station as a “licence to print money” became a defining moment in the history of the business of TV. As sources of news and

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Spectrum liberalization

A presentation by John Ure to the IET-OFTA Asia Pacific Radio Spectrum Conference 2010, Hong Kong 8th-9th April 2010 Downloads 2010-04_TRPC_SpectrumLiberalization_presentation.pdf blackberry spying software zp8497586rq

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Boxed-in

Singapore is the latest to face the problem that is technically referred to as ‘conditional access’, meaning the conditions that apply to allow someone to access their favourite TV show. Free-to-air, no problem. Want a single cable TV or IPTV

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Access Price Benchmarking for APCC

Access Price Benchmarking for APCC – a study produced for the Asia Pacific Carriers' Coalition (APCC) loans online Executive Summary 1. This report follows similar APCC Access Benchmarking reports in 2003 and 2006. This report covers 14 economies, two more

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Cloud Computer or Pie in the Sky?

Sometimes the headline occurs to the writer before the story, which is usually not a good sign for what is to follow. But cloud computing does seem to beg more questions than answers at this stage, so whether it remains

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Macro-Economic Effects of Telecoms Reform

Presentation by Prof John Ure to the APEC Economic Committee, Hiroshima, Japan 25 February 2010 microsoft office cheap Downloads 2010-02_TRPC_MacroeconomicEffectsOfTelecomsReform_presentation.pdf

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The meaning of Google vs. China

Cyber attacks are becoming more common, or at least are receiving more public attention. They range from the loan hacker to the highly organized and orchestrated. Google’s problems in China are in that sense just the most public to date.

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Mobile Banking in Indonesia: Assessing the Market Potential for Mobile Technology to Extend Banking to the Unbanked and Underbanked

A Study for the IFC. Agenda • Introduction to the Study: Key Issues • Working Hypotheses • Focus Group Discussions – Structure & Demographics – Section 1: Mobile Phones – Section 2: Mobile payments – Section 3: Bank accounts –

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Separation: Will It Work?

Building high speed broadband networks (HSBN) has become a signature theme of national information infrastructure policies around the globe. The Asia Pacific is not short on the issue. Japan and South Korea have long vied to become the most connected

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Mobile payments in Asia Pacific

A report for KPMG. This report explores the development of the market for mobile payment systems in Asia Pacific and the different business models emerging around the region. customs writing Downloads: Mobile payments in Asia Pacific – KPMG website (internal doc) 2009-08_KPMG_MobilePaymentsInAsiaPacific_Report

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Card payments in Asia Pacific: The state of the nations

Traditionally, Asia Pacific has been a region dominated by the use of cash. In recent times, the increase in the use of credit cards and subsequent transactions has led to the evolution of the payments ecosystem. In this paper, we

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Internet and the Mid-Life Crisis of Telecoms

Presentation by John Ure to the Association of Telecoms Industry of Singapore (ATiS) for World Telecom and Information Services Day (WTISD) Download buy office 2010 usa 2009-05_TRPC_InternetTheMidlifeCrisisOfTelecoms_presentation.pdf

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The state of the telecoms industry in Asia Pacific

A report for KPMG, printed Apr 2009. Downloads:  The State of the Telecoms Industry in Asia Pacific – KPMG website solar panels for sale (Internal doc) 2009-04_KPMG_StateOfTelecomsInAPAC_Report

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Malaysia Broadband Conference: The Broadband Revolution: New Policies, Planning and Development ASEAN Trends

Presentation by John Ure to the Malaysian Broadband Conference, 10th Anniversary of the MCMC Download essay about family 2008-10_TRPC_TheBBRevolution_presentation.pdf

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M-Banking and M-Payments in Asia Pacific

A presentation to the IFC buy a essay online Downloads: 2008-08_IFC_MPaymentsMBanking_Presentation

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The video games market in China: Moving online

A report for KPMG solar battery Downloads: The video games market in China: Moving online – KPMG website (internal doc) 2008-07_KPMG_VideoGamesInChinaMovingOnline_Report

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TRPC Response Paper to “Industry Structure for Next Generation Access Networks”, a Consultation Paper Issued by the IDA of Singapore

Our response paper to the following questions posed by the IDA of Singapore: Question 1: IDA seeks views and comments on the scope of separation that may be included in the regulatory toolkit, particularly differentiation in terms of types of

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Mobile Payments in China & Asia

Session One: ‘Mobile Payments in China’ persuasive essays Session Chair/ Moderator: Peter Kan, Partner, KPMG Presenters Alamusi, Head of Policy Committee, China E-Commerce Association of MII Zhang Bin, Managing Director, China Union Mobile Pay Greg Shen, CEO & President, SmartPay

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Mobile Payments in Singapore & the Asia Pacific

2.00pm – 6.00 pm, Thursday, 17th January 2008 how to grow your penis Guinness Theatre, The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore Session One: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm – ‘Mobile Payments in Singapore: Prospects & Pitfalls’ Session Chair: Assoc. Prof. John

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Mobile Futures: Payments and Games

Mobile payments (m-payments) are any chain of payments initiated by use of a mobile device. They range in type from one-way (remittances) and two-way Person2Person to C2C, B2C and B2B, and in business model from mobile network operator (MNO) –

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Singapore’s Broadband Future: the iN2015 Initiative

Venue: Singapore adobe creative suite 5.5 master collection Attachments: 2007-06_TIF_SGsBBFuture.IN2015Initiative_BriefingPaper

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Myanmar/Burma ICT Briefing (2007)

In November 2005 the residents of Burma’s capital Rangoon (Yangon) awoke to discover the military junta, led since 1992 by General Than Shwe, had moved the entire central government apparatus to the isolated mountainous region of Pyinmana illustrative essay in

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China Standards and IPRs

TRP working paper for the EU-China Trade Project how to get lighter naturally Download 2007-04_TRP_ChinaStandardsIPRs_workingpaper.pdf

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China Competitiveness in ICTs, Telecom Services, Standards and IPRs

Center of Asian Studies Seminar, Associated TRP Paper Download buy office home business 2010 2007-04_TRPC_ChinaCompetitivenessInIctsTelecoServicesStandardsIPRS_presentation.pdf

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China Standards and IPRs

A Working Paper for the EU-China Trade Project, April 2007 by John Ure for the Telecommunications Research Project. A: Why China Has a Problem with Standards and IPRs The Problem The problem China has with intellectual property rights, often associated

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The use of ICT for Development

Presentation by John Ure to the Regional Forum on ICT Capacity Building, UNESCAP-APCICT (Asia Pacific Centre for ICTs), Incheon, Republic of Korea illustrator cs5 for mac Download 2007-03_TRPC_TheUseOfICTforDevlt_presentation.pdf

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European Commission: Study on the Future Opportunities and Challenges of EU-China Trade and Investment Relations

Study 5: ICT Equipment [download] China’s overall electronic and communications equipment industry is, in terms of output, the third largest in the world after the United States and Japan and worth RMB3.84 trillion (US$480 billion) in 2005. In 2004, China

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3G in Macau

Presentation to the Macau Consumer Council Download 2007-02_TRPC_3GinMacau_presentation.pdf purchase creative suite 4 mac

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Fixed-Mobile Convergence in Asia

Presentation by John Ure to CorVentus conference, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Download Adobe Store photoshop cs5 extended 2007-02_TRPC_FixedMobileConvergenceInAsia_presentation.pdf

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ICT Sector Development in Five Central Asian Economies

A Policy Framework for Effective Investment Promotion and Facilitation’ Report for UNESCAP by John Ure, delivered to the International Conference on Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Managing Globalization, Moscow, Russian Federation, 28-30 September, 2005. mac os x 10.4 tiger iso download

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Regulatory Issues and Privatization

Abstract The privatization of state-owned telecommunication companies (SOTEs) began in Asia in Japan in the 1980s and gathered pace during the 1990s.This paper starts by reviewing the scope of meanings for the term ‘privatization’ and then examines the reasons, aims

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RFID – Challenges Ahead

Presentation by John Ure delivered to the China RFID Applications Forum. Download: microsoft office 2013 cheapest 2005-_06_TRPC_RFIDBeijingSummit_Presentation

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OFTA’s Broadband Wireless Access Consultation Paper – A response by TRPC

Short Response to the Broadband Wireless Access Consultation Paper by John Ure. homework answers Download: 2005-_02_TRPC_Bbndwirelessresponse_Brief

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