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Judy Reed Smith
What a year we experienced in 2012. Mergers, new wireless network builds, new smartphones driving even more data use, the US economy clawing slowly upward (except when jitters over Europe sink the market), more patent suits over innovation ownership and unquenched thirsts for Ethernet connections. 2013 won’t be easy, but our outlook calls for continued shots of opportunity.
The painful emergence of 4G services in the UK has been well reported. But Europe’s most competitive mobile market has, in other respects, just enjoyed a remarkable year – albeit one that hints at challenges that lie around the corner.
Memo to Westerners doing business in Asia: shut up. “If you can’t remember when to bow, how to give a business card or how to give a toast, or what colour paper to wrap gifts in,“ says David Iwinski Jr., managing director of Blue Water Growth and 24-year veteran of East-West negotiation, “I have one word of advice: listen.”
Over the past three years, sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant progress in the deployment of new submarine cables, both on the west and east coasts of the continent. From three cables (SAT-2 and the SAT-3/SAFE cable system), there are now eight major cables, with more likely to come.
It’s that time of the year again when market watchers cast their predictions for the next 12 months ahead.
Which major European operator is likely to lead investments for securing emerging market presence in 2013?
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