Dec 07: Connecting dots for an emerging future

“People are techno savvy. Mobile phone and the SIM card are powerful computing devices. Three most expensive infrastructures in banking, POS machine, ATM and Bank Teller will be replaced with the use of an inexpensive mobile phone,”

“The mobile sector is the engine of the telecom growth. It contributes over 80 per cent to the National telecom growth. Inclusive philosophy is making the product available to as many as possible. Operators should look at the market, population and their aspirations to find the opportunity,”
Sri Lanka Daily News 28 September 2007


Around 11,000 tons of unused phones already sit dormant in drawers across   the UK, and that figure is likely to rise this Christmas as people upgrade   to better devices. Factoring in old laptops, games consoles and portable   music players, the environmental implications of celebrating Christmas with   a new digital toy start to look ominous, as most of the older electronic   products will end up in landfill sites, leaking dangerous chemicals into the   earth.

“The problem today is   that people upgrade their mobile phones every year and only a small percentage of these phones are disposed of safely.” The situation is ” frightening”
The Independent 24th December 2007


Country leading mobile handsets companies are facing tough time for their business as the Chinese mobile phones have entered into local market and their sales are gradually increasing every year, traders said. People prefer buying Chinese sets against the branded companies, as they are cheaper and equipped with the latest technologies and software. (Pakistan) Daily Times 25th December 2007


Mahindra & Mahindra is now one of 100 companies from the developing world that Boston Consulting Group (BCG) thinks have the clout and ambition to upset the world’s multinationals.[…] How should incumbent multinationals respond? […] fight the developing world’s multinationals over there, so they do not have to fight them at home. It points out that the aspirants often move upmarket in their own countries as a prelude to expanding abroad. So if the incumbents can woo affluent customers in emerging Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America, they may be able to slow the emergence of global rivals. They should also consider acquiring the upstarts before they are unseated by them, says BCG. But, the consultants point out, few Western multinationals have a mergers-and- acquisitions team in Delhi or Shanghai that can draw up a shopping list. And up-and-coming firms tend to be pricey.
The Economist December 6th 2007


Africa abolishes roaming as Celtel’s One Network expands 400 million people across 12 countries now connected across Africa in one borderless mobile network covering an area more than twice the size of Europe.
Celtel press release November 22nd 2007


“What we have achieved here has never been done before. Less than a year ago, many would have said this agreement was impossible. Now we must make it work, and in the next two years agree the detail of a comprehensive global climate deal that will take us beyond 2012.”
The Guardian, December 15th 2007


Bottled water “very clearly reflects the wasteful and reckless consumerism in this country,” said Salt Lake City’s Anderson in a conference call with reporters this month. “You really have to wonder at the utter stupidity and the irresponsibility sometimes of American consumers. These false needs are provided, and too often we just fall in line with what Madison Avenue comes up with to market these unnecessary products.”
Alternet October 19th


Everyone was keen to impart the message that being green is good for the bottom line. While it was recognised that there may be some costs to working in a sustainable manner in the short term, in the long run there were financial savings and increased profits to be made. “Our overriding message is a green one, but our approach to business is always commercial,” said Potts Dawson. “You can be both sustainable and economic.”
CatererSearch October 4th 2007


First of all it has confirmed my belief that the starting point of every development for eradication of poverty are the poor themselves, poor men and women, poor communities — that is where you have the energies, that’s where you have the dedication and the determination to work for a better life. That’s also where you get the knowledge for the needs, of solutions to start. What we should do is to assist the poor in their aspirations. One-and-a-half billion small holding farmers are an asset for the world. Because they can feed the world. They can be part of a solution with their dedication, with incomes. We need to support them, we need to invest in their priorities.
Inter-Press Service October 5th 2007


AFRICA’s increasing importance to China and other countries in the developing world raises the question of whether Asia may supplant Europe, the traditional powerhouse in Africa, to become Africa’s major trading and development partner.

Both China and India have a long history of involvement in Africa, but their strategy for African engagement differs. China leads the way in government-to-government action — exchanging oil, gas and mineral resources for infrastructure — and has lately been active in business-to-business investment. However, India arguably leads China in business-to-consumer action through branded consumer products. Both China and India have the additional benefit of never having been colonisers in Africa.
(Johannesburg) Business Day November 16th 2007


Shih says Asustek will tap into a new market–consumers unable to buy computers because they’re too expensive or just too intimidating. Indeed, the Eee name is supposed to stand for “easy to learn, easy to play, easy to work.” So far 1 billion people have access to the Internet. The next billion customers will have shallow pockets.
Forbes November 26th 2007


“As consumers we face the reality that product standards in other countries can have a big impact on our choices,” writes consumer advocate Peter Kell for the Sydney Morning Herald. “And we are increasingly reminded that our consumption decisions have impacts on both the environment and the working conditions of people around the world.”

Consumer groups must follow the lead of multinational corporations and adopt global strategies: One step is exposing corporations’ inconsistent policies for consumers around the globe and another is increasing global awareness. Products that are dangerous for children in one country are likely dangerous for those in another country. High standards and best practices in delivering products should have no borders.

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