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  • December

    Switching telecoms in China 01 December 2004

    As Chinese operators await possible reorganization, Alan Burkitt-Gray interviews Li Zhengmao, vice president of China Unicom, the country's only integrated operator, with both GSM and CDMA mobile networks, and likely to be central to the country's telecoms strategy

  • Words from the brink 01 December 2004

    As Global Crossing plans to raise a $350 million loan on its UK operation, CFO Dan O'Brien explains how the company survived another bumpy year, how it might sell or close some operations, and where it goes next

  • China’s booming market 01 December 2004

    In the bustle of Beijing and the calm of a Shanghai research centre Alan Burkitt-Gray looks at how ZTE is making inroads into international markets. He talked to company vice presidents Shi Lirong and Ye Weimin

  • The voice of Alice 01 December 2004

    The word 'broadband' is banned because it appeals only to geeks, and Telecom Italia is boosting VoIP takeup with a range of advanced, attractive phones. Stefano Pileri and Gionata La Torre outlined their strategy to Alex Ritman

  • End of the fixed line as mobiles rule the world 01 December 2004

    You know it, but if you're in the fixed-line business you hardly dare admit it. People are dropping their fixed phone lines and just using their mobiles. It's even happening at work — in Nokia, anyway. Geoff Nairn looks at this growing trend

  • Maturing kid on the block 01 December 2004

    Voice over IP is not quite there yet, but it has the potential to eat into fixed line operators' revenues, both from enterprises and from consumers. Priscilla Awde surveys this new competitor

  • Where's the money gone? 01 December 2004

    The wider mobile payments industry has been a spectacular failure. Most services to date consist of digital content for use on handsets billed directly to the mobile phone bill. The industry is experiencing a dramatic shift as new types of service providers emerge, including merchants and financial services organisation, to use the mobile as a convenient channel to collect payments. Ashley Ward, CEO of Upaid, explores what is required to achieve mass market acceptance of mobile payments and their ultimate success

  • Always expect the unexpected 01 December 2004

    How will the industry adapt to the challenges of the disruptive technologies that are affecting operators and suppliers? Sometimes the biggest impact is in unexpected places. Doing nothing is not an option, but large companies are often ill-equipped to handle innovation, writes Alun Lewis

  • August

    End of integration as low-cost operators capture customers 01 August 2004

    Jamie Anderson considers the end of integration as low-cost operators lure customers from the incumbents

  • More lasagne, please 01 August 2004

    The move to open standards in the telecommunications industry means networks and services will be developed in layers, like lasagne, suggests HP's Sebastiano Tevarotto. Don't worry, that's the only food metaphor he uses in this interview

  • July

    Broad, broader, broadest 01 July 2004

    Verizon's CIO Shaygan Kheradpir thinks the sort of broadband you get from ADSL is pretty puny. He's thinking up advanced services for homes that, thanks to optical fibre, will have 200 times the bandwidth. The company is spending $55 billion on its vision

  • End of integration as low-cost operators capture customers 01 July 2004

  • Maxing on the next revolution 01 July 2004

    Suppliers are lining up in support of the new WiMax standard, which promises high performance for both fixed and mobile wireless communications ? data and voice. Caroline Gabriel considers the potential

  • Private equity investing in central Europe 01 July 2004

    Chris Mruck of private equity firm Advent International reflects on the now completed deal to buy 65% of Bulgaria's incumbent operator

  • Verizon and Telecom Italia have jumped into the software world 01 July 2004

    Dan Elron of Accenture believes that those companies that best understand the implications of the IP revolution are best places to benefit from the business opportunities

  • April

    Do the maths in Moscow 01 April 2004

    The executive heading a major investment in OSS in Moscow's metropolitan gigabit ethernet carrier Comstar is a former professor of mathematics. Alan Burkitt-Gray interviews Vladimir Pelipenko on investment plans to upgrade systems in a highly competitive market

  • Emerging into the commercial world 01 April 2004

    It's not that long ago that, if you wanted a phone in Slovakia, you stood in line, filled in a form and then waited patiently for weeks. Ron Weintraub has spent the past three years helping the company to compete in a world where the customer, not the bureaucrat, comes first. Interview by Alan Burkitt-Gray

  • The nightingale sighs in Berkeley Square 01 April 2004

    NTT DoCoMo, the outstandingly successful Japanese mobile operator, is clearly happy with most of its European partnerships. But there is one exception, though: its investment in Hutchison Whampoa's third generation business in the UK. On that, however, words are clearly not enough. Alan Burkitt-Gray listens to the sighs and groans

  • Triple play in Korea 01 April 2004

    Sang-Yong Lee, managing director of South Korea's BSI, is building a broadband network to enable cable operators to offer the triple play of video, broadband internet and IP telephony ? plus other advanced services ? to their customers