I was reading the 2014 Annual Report of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, where on page 37 the PTA reports that international calls being terminated on Pakistani mobile networks has decreased dramatically since 2011-12, from 10.8 billion minutes to 5.6 billion minutes in 2013-14. The PTA even says that “one view is that this is due to the introduction of the ...

It’s interesting that Chinese Internet users have to protest the blocking of what I thought would be illegal workarounds. But earlier this week, after a number of V.P.N. companies, including StrongVPN and Golden Frog, complained that the Chinese government had disrupted their services with unprecedented sophistication, a senior official for the first time acknowledged its hand in the attacks and ...

Secrets and the city I met Mihir at one Mughal food dive in Colaba late on Friday evening as he was teaching a group of foreigners how to eat lime and raw onion at the beginning of their meal.  Oh my! I thought to myself – this is one of those India 101 food tours that only the greenhorn foreigners to the country should ...

Wisdom hides amongst the most mundane of things In a withering bush near a car park In a foolish movie for the masses In a cup of tea and an invisible storm Rising above the filthy mud Of day to day living

The general tone of writing on the on-demand economy (much better term than the “sharing economy”) is one of regret about the demise of steady work with benefits, exemplified by Robert Reich: “I think it’s nonsense, utter nonsense. This on-demand economy means a work life that is unpredictable, doesn’t pay very well and is terribly insecure.” But we’re talking about ...

This is a problem that comes up in countries that LIRNEasia works in. In Bangladesh and India, where the government-owned telcos were not privatized, they are on life support. Based possibly on comments made by entities such as LIRNEasia, the government of Myanmar has chosen to effectively hand over the management of its government-owned telco to KDDI. Here is a ...

This used to be seen as a challenge. Now it’s “same old, same old.” The social network, which makes most of its money by including advertising in the news feeds of its users, said about 69 percent of its advertising revenue came from mobile devices, which have become the most common way people tap into the service. Facebook reported that ...

Last evening, I was reliably informed that the Army and Navy top brass – the very top brass – had indicated that both Rohitha Rajapaksha and his elder brother and national captain Yoshitha Rajapaksha should not continue to play for the Army and Navy teams and that they be relieved of their captaincies. As a result it is unlikely that ...

Head Held High…Walk! (c) creative commons Sometimes you know it’s that moment, from where there is no return. You have known this for a while but you wait for that incident which justifies what you do in the end, so that you won’t feel that you gave up too soon, you did not try enough, or things could have been different. Then things ...

I guess messing up your judicial system is like getting locked out of your house. You sometimes have to break your own window to get back in. The new Sri Lankan government dealt with the problem of a highly dodgy Chief Justice (Mohan Peiris, number 44) by saying that his appointment was illegal and re-installing the old Chief Justice (Shirani ...

The Philippines Senate conducted its 4th public hearing on the Philippine internet, where the National Telecom Commission presented the summary of the position papers it received on MC 07-07-2011 on minimum broadband connection speeds. The photo shows Senator Bam Aquino (right) and government officials, including NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and ICTO Deputy Executive Director Denis Villorente on the left. ...

Not to sound too preachy but to the women of tomorrow i would like to say when who you are starts fading away to promotions and getting hit by snakes and ladders on the way up when you can save the innocent victim to this vicious corporate cycle one like you one in a worse situation perhaps why not fight ...

“is like heaven but hurts like hell. ” seen on a tuk tuk whilst on yet another crossroad to hell and back to heaven on earth forever being misunderstood by the one’s you love near and dear to you – some since your childhood years will change – if the mind wants it to with patience and some magic some miracle spell #onlytimewilltell

The complex relationship between street food and the shitz A couple of years back The Guardian published one of those definitive ‘must try street foods of Mumbai’ lists. It featured everything from kebabs at Bademiya to milkshake at Bachelors. As lists go, it was pretty bang on in terms of what the ‘it’ places were circa 2012  (though I would hardly classify the overpriced Chole Batura at Cream Centre ...

How is this Development? Originally published on Groundviews on 6th January 2014. A few months ago, I travelled to Jaffna. I saw a very different, ‘developed’ Jaffna than the one I had visited just a few years previously in 2011; a mall, 3D cinema, new buildings and many other new developments in the process of construction. The people of Jaffna however, seem to be ...

One day you fall in love and that’s it. You just don’t know what hit you, but you strangely like it. That bi-polar disorder style feelings, the irrational up-downs of emotions, you live through it all. The weirdest is setting up the alarm clock three hours into your sleep to make sure that the other would not miss his flight, ...

The conventional telcos were complaining that the Googles and the Facebooks of the world (labeled by them as Over-the-Top or OTT players) were unfairly getting a free ride on the expensive, difficult-to-maintain last mile access network. Bharti Airtel went as far as unilaterally seeking to identify such uses by their customers and to impose additional charges on them. They backed ...

Musicmatters is an institute which offers a performance based, alternative music education of exceptional quality in Colombo 8. It was founded by Eshantha Joseph Peiris and Dr.Sumudi Suraweera in 2010. Musicmatters has successfully introduced an alternative model for Western music education in Sri Lanka. Since its inception, it has earned a reputation for its enjoyable and practical approach to music, ...

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