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CommentWire
CommentWire

Hutchison 3G: forging distribution links

Hutchison 3G's products and services, branded '3', will now be sold in over 300 The Link and Dixons stores. The mobile operator has also reaffirmed that its delayed UK 3G service will launch in the next few months. Despite being a new entrant to the UK mobile market, Hutchison's management team, deep pockets and relationships with handset makers still leave it in a strong position.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Public wLANs: the still-wired, wired West

Despite the hype, PWLANs are taking off much more slowly in the West than the East. For example, even though the UK is slightly richer and more populous than South Korea, Korea Telecom will have sixty times as many public wLAN points as BT by December. There are many reasons why - but the key ones are government, operator and public support.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Voice business from Tennessee to Tokyo

While the US still dominates the voice business market and will continue to do so through 2007, the rest of the world does not inevitably follow the leader. To tackle the market effectively, voice business vendors must understand the unique factors affecting each local market - and how to take advantage of these conditions. But what are they? Datamonitor's Evan Kirchheimer takes a look...

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Microsoft: Xbox takes on pirates in the South China Sea

With software piracy endemic in southeast Asia, Microsoft's launch of its heavily subsidized Xbox console is a bold move. Although software sales and online gaming in Singapore and Taiwan should bring some returns, the real story is that Microsoft is paying heavily now, to gain a foothold in a market that will be lucrative in several years' time.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Prudential: taking the Indian option

Insurer Prudential's decision to 'export' jobs to Mumbai is a bold move; it could both cut staff costs by 80% and improve quality of service. As utilities look to reduce costs and fight the downward price pressures that erode margins in the residential sector, they might do well to follow suit. The Pru's high profile example should encourage such moves.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Call center outsourcing: staying closer to home

Recent political events have somewhat dampened the explosion of interest in India and the Philippines as locations for call centers. Some US firms now favor nearer locations such as Canada and Mexico. However, for many companies, the cost savings afforded by these locations will outweigh the (often exaggerated) risks.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Hutchison 3G: going against the grain

As other operators axe their 3G plans, it seems strange for Hutchison to buy yet another license. But the company has several advantages - in particular, chairman Li Ka-shing's willingness to play a very long-term game. In five years' time, Hutchison will be a leading mobile operator throughout Europe and Asia. Making returns on its investments, however, will take much longer.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Mobiles: gaming population to reach 54 million in China

Published By Datamonitor
08 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Outsourcing: moving offshore without sinking

Many firms could save money by following HSBC's lead and moving support operations offshore. But for a company with less global presence than the banking giant, this process can be challenging. As well as choosing the right local partner, enterprises need to build support for the process among their own staff - rather than running the risk of alienating them.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

NTT DoCoMo: mobile phones and ATMs

The ATM sector is hot at the moment, with a number of interesting developments taking place across the world. DoCoMo's plan to integrate mobile phones and ATMs aims to capitalize upon the high levels of usage of mobile technologies in Japan. Japan may well be a test case for the rest of the world.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2002

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