India Has a 3-D Cell Phone: No Glasses Required!

In India, Spice Mobility is offering the a 3-D handset that requires no special glasses. The M-67 3D costs Rs 4,299 ($97 US) and uses an auto-stereoscopic display. India may be late to the 3G wireless game, but is it leading the way to 3-D phones?

Google’s Underwater Ambitions Expand

Google is making its second underwater cable investment, an effort to link parts of Asia Pacific and add up to 23 Tbps of bandwidth capacity to the region. The construction is part of a boom in submarine cables fueled by broadband demand.

Despite Their Numbers, Indians Very Active Online

Take away India’s mobile miracle and you soon realize how much the country lags in terms of PC penetration and broadband adoption. According to recently released data from the Indian government, the total broadband subscriber base rose to 6.8 million in July from 6.62 million in June — up a whopping  2.7 percent. (The Indian government defines broadband as Internet connectivity of speeds at or higher than 256 kbps.)
That’s pathetic, as there are five major telecommunication companies in India: Bharti, Reliance, Tata and state-owned BSNL & MTNL. There’s no reason why there aren’t more broadband users in India — in particular, those big phone companies should be aggressively subsidizing the newer, more powerful sub-$500 netbooks that come with 10-inch screens. Read More about Despite Their Numbers, Indians Very Active Online

Telecom’s Titanic Shift: How the Mighty Have Fallen

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For the past few years I have been saying that we are amidst a Titanic shift in the telecom landscape; the center of gravity moving away from the U.S., leading to the rise of new telecom giants which in turn is fueling the rise of upstart equipment makers, such as Huawei and ZTE Corp. A report from research firm Telegeography brought it all back into focus for me. Take a look at the sharp declines in revenue and growth at the mightiest telecom companies in the world.

These 10 saw their quarterly revenues decline by 4 percent year-on-year (again, when measured in their local currencies), with Sprint-Nextel (s S) posting a 12 percent drop. Many of these companies are focused on a single geographic market that is growing slowly and is highly competitive. And now compare this reversal of fortunes with the gains posted by some of the newer players, which are clearly supplanting the giants at the top of the totem pole. Read More about Telecom’s Titanic Shift: How the Mighty Have Fallen