Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Telecom, telecom

Special features on telecom have appeared well before Intl Telecom Day this year. The News carried two reasonably interesting pages last Sunday while DAWN carried an advertising supplement today [not online yet]. The Nation ran three articles, two on WLL on its Business pages. PTCL has also been mass mailing an article titled 'Roti, Kapra aur Broadband' to all newspapers, with two appearances today [DAWN, Nation] and one last week [business recorder].

Read these from cover to cover in hopes of getting more than mere market indicators. A good time to ask: Are we getting dazzled by all the 'estimated' stats alone? Where's the hardcore analyses regarding what actual benefits one can obtain from a 'telecom revolution'. What does broadband boil down to in a country like Pakistan for instance?

11 comments:

Merlinx said...

I don't know what the stats are yet and it is probably too early for any real meaningful stats to debut. But I am happy just knowing I will have other options besides PTCL. If I had a dollar for each time I have heartburn dealing with these dweebs, I'd be vacationing on the French Rivera right now. Hopefully someday we'll have ample providers to accuse of lousy service and scream at instead of just PTCL! That'll be progress. As far as I am concerned having other carriers besides PTCL is itself a revolution to start with, breaking this since-dawn monopoly of the state-run leviathan. Besides the rates have gone down even if the quality hasn't gone up at quite the same rate. Our 'revolution' has just started a decade ago...it's been cooking in the kettle for several decades in the West. Give it some time and the benefits should show themselves eventually. I would rather ask whether we can keep pace with ourselves in all of this -- offering more products and services than the telco companies can actually deliver on. Case in question: Mobilink. Right now all that can be said is that the future of telecom in PK may or may not be bright, but it won't be dull at least.

Anonymous said...

well now somebody is trying to give a hint to the new spider editor to evaluate the telecom sector :-) Obviously that'll also mean free marketing for Telenor. Smart thinking. Let's see if it works.

Zunaira said...

The post specifically mentions cases in point missing the analyses. Read what you see carefully, little 'anon' fella.

WE at Spider have established what and who's interests we guard ages ago. Your useless feedback is not welcome.

Shuaib said...

Ooch!

Merlinx said...

Ouch is right. "Little 'anon' fella"...?

Apart from the smartcrack by the "little 'anon' fella", she or he does have an interesting point...I also noted that the new editor's notes in both this month's and last month's issues were regarding telecom. Maybe that is a coincidence or maybe the new editor does have an inclination towards telecom.

There's nothing wrong with that, every organization is a faceplate for the vision or orientation of its executive management especially the "captain of the ship". The top person defines the entire organization's image. Take Carly Fiorina for example: the entire setup of HP was her doing, including the infamous merger with Compaq, which eventually led to her dismissal. Not the best example, but the most prominent of a company being the reflection of its top person. Some better ones are like Ted Turner, Lee Iacocca, Jack Welch, Rupert Murdoch, or Martha Stewart.

AllahBaba said...

to be honest, I too wanted to congratulate "little anon fella" for letting the cat out of the bag but violently restrained myself after reading the slap on his poor anon cheeks! :-) but having been boldened by merlinx, i'd like to offer my unsolicited observation on spider mag's helmsmanship too. heck, if one can't discuss the country's only internet-related mag on the only [worth visiting] internet-related blog, where can?

now thanks to my rambling, i've forgotton what the heck was my observation on spider mag's helmsmanship in the first place........

will get back if i remember....

(now please don't hate me, i come in peace!!)

dimples said...

HAHAHA! 'little anon fella' sure had it more than one way! Besides, now it's clear to me that the commentators on this blog are more interesting & informed than the majority of contibutors (most of who just post to redirect the audience).

Zunaira said...

Letting the cat out of the bag? Rather, you're all shooting the messenger.

Certainly there is nothing confusing about little anon's message and my response. Any one taking silly undeserved potshots at my professional integrity--unwelcome and uncalled for--will not get a thank you note from me. I challenge any of you to sit smirking when the same comes around to you.

Re-read: I have inserted three cases in point from the daily press, identifying the lack of analyses in newspapers and a 'supplement' dedicated to telecom. NONE of you have commented on the cases themself. Is the fog clearing now?

Our Chief Ed [and not the new Ed] has dedicated two editorials to telecom--and Spider has in the past published plenty on PTCL and PTA [this to referesh your memory]. The point is, if I quote something from Spider "being-a-good-example", I can see you all still wanting your last word in, jibes mostly, about favoring the publication.

Go back to my post. Newspapers are not publishing enough analyses+comment about the 'big investment' rolling in. What are the consequences for all of us, as members of this society, nationals of Pakistan, and at the end, consumers too. Think about that, instead of looking for an opportunity to challenge my professional affliation [past or present]!

AllahBaba said...

Yikes! I was not taking a jibe personally or professionally miss Z (hence helms"man"ship)

regrets if sounded that

Zunaira said...

No, you weren't--'anon' was.

Let's focus on the discussion about what we expect [or don't] from the future.

Merlinx said...

Actually you (Z) took a personal shot at anon, which is uncharacteristic of you. I haven't seen you "bonk someone back on the head" like that in your posts, like an outburst. I don't think most of us are shooting any messengers or challenging your professional affiliations or interests. Those are your personal business. It's just all public commentary here and someone will always have something to say about someone or something.

Anyway, coming back to the topic, PTCL made an announcement today endorsing the ministry of telecom's reduction in bandwidth rates. That means broadband rates just went down by half or you get twice as much bandwidth now for the same amount, whichever way you want to look at it. But strangely that only applies to ISPs providing services via FLAG and not PIE/SMW-3. Something's better than nothing.