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It all seemed so simple, not so very long ago

The introduction of Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, the Windows Phone 7 Series has really complicated things. It seemed so simple not long ago - iPhone was the front runner, Android was the up and coming underdog, Blackberry was the old fighter with the new style, and Windows Mobile was down and out in the smartphone ring. But now that has all changed. Microsoft has unveiled a new Smartphone OS, and for once it is good. Really good.

What's in store for the iPad in South Africa?

Brian Neilson 

As Steve Jobs said at the launch, the team at Apple have pondered for years over whether there really is room in the market for a third form factor, and the iPad would have to be very good at some applications. Judging from the launch, it is difficult to say that they have focused on a few specific apps, because it seems to do just about everything, and the swarms of developers out there will make certain of that.

Misunderstandings about Technology Neutrality

The application of the principle of Technology Neutrality to networks has become a staple of regulators' directive

Broadband and Universal Access/Service – Not By Wireless Alone

Interest in achieving universal access (UA) or even more ambitiously Universal Service (US) for broadband is widening and growing, including its incorporation in, or addition to existing Universal Service funding mechanisms.

Mobile Operators – How to be lean and not mean

Whenever regulators or consumer groups protest about high prices in some parts of the telecommunications market, operators are quick to respond with justifications for these prices.

The making and sustaining of a good, effective regulator

The theory of a good, effective regulator says that it should be independent, competent, adequately resourced, and accountable.

Evidence and justification for major reductions in South Africa’s mobile interconnection rates (MTR)

There is a mounting and increasingly incontrovertible body of evidence and experience from throughout the world that the high mobile termination rates (MTR) prevailing in South Africa (1.25 rands per minute) cannot be justified on the basis of costs.

Digital Strategies and the Value and Limitations of Wireless Access

In many countries broadband wireless access is playing a growing role in enhancing accessibility to and adoption of broadband services.

“Net Neutrality”: In the crossfire of politics, social values and disruptive technologies

“Net neutrality” has become a sound bite that conceals the diversity and complexity of the issues that it raises and the choices that it involves.

VoIP over Mobile Networks: A Curse or a Mixed Blessing for Operators?

The inclusion of VoIP capabilities in mobile terminal devices has multiple potential consequences for mobile operators and others. This commentary focuses on mobile operators, and the outlook for their current and potential new revenues, as well as their costs.

History of the 2.6GHz Band

To gain a proper perspective on the importance and value of the 2.6GHz band for terrestrial mobile communications, it is instructive to review the sequence of events and decisions that have led up the special position which this band now occupies.

International Mobile Price Comparisons – Limitations of the OECD’s Methodology

The OECD has reported the following: “Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, according to the latest OECD Communications Outlook.