Meet the world’s top 20 mobile carriers: Asia on the rise

This year’s top 20 in terms of total connections looks very much like last years, according to Wireless Intelligence. There’s, however, evidence of a subtle shift in the rankings in favor of Asian operators versus Western operators.

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

Managed vs. Unmanaged Content

Broadcast, cable and satellite, YouTube, iTunes and Fancast. What’s working, what’s not, and who’s got indigestion.

  • Moderator: Mugs Buckley, TDG
  • Karin Gilford, SVP Comcast Interactive Media: Manages Fancast, the online video-streaming site.
  • Ben Ling, YouTube: We want people to watch YouTube on-demand in any place.
  • Jeff Meyer, Scripps Networks: Oversee any revenue generation, interactive experience for our content, from VOD to online ads. Owning the rights give us the ability to do what we want with the content.
  • Hardie Tankersley, FOX Broadcasting: Work on online content for the broadcast network (The Simpsons, House). We’re trying to figure out, what does it mean to be a broadcast company in an online world? We also creating content around our shows and monetize that content.
  • Greg Douglass, Accenture: Work with people to figure out online video, also own two online video and music distribution companies.
  • Mugs: What can’t I see online from Fox?
    Hardie: You can’t see anything with lots of music content just because we can’t get the rights. We think that anything freely available over the air should be freely available online.
    Mugs: Why no Mad Men or Project Runway online? Read More about Managed vs. Unmanaged Content

    Namaste, Moto! Indian TV Guy Wants Your Handset Business

    Indian electronics maker Videocon has designs on Motorola’s ailing handset division, according to news reports. Videocon Chairman Venugopal Dhoot says he’s heard that the U.S. mobile giant is going to put its wireless handset business up for sale, and if that happens, his company — well-known for making budget televisions and appliances — wants to buy it.

    He wouldn’t be the first Indian industrialist with global ambitions. More recently, Tata bought out Ford Motors’ Jaguar and Land Rover business for $2.3 billion. Tata and its local rival Reliance have been on a buying binge for a while now, but buying a branded mobile phone maker would be a first for either of them. Read More about Namaste, Moto! Indian TV Guy Wants Your Handset Business