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kevin

What if you used absolute numbers of users and not percentages? Would any of his comments be true then?

em

Tomi,

First, thank you very much for your excellent blog.

This razor-sharp, fact-based thinking and writing is like a paradise island in the vast ocean of the net, or like an oasis with palm-trees and cold fresh water in the middle of the desert. Great, just great!

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Kevin,

US would be bigger because there are more people. But numbers won't make the claim "The facts are that, in the US, there is greater household penetration of access to the Internet than any country in Europe." true.

The smartphone and internet connection war is really in the low-end of smartphones. Saunalahti (a brand of Finnish Elisa operator that started the SMS "madness") now delivers low-end Nokia 2730 phone for 90 EURO CENTS per month for 24 month contract. Monthly price includes 50 minutes voice. The phone is Series 40 Symbian and has Opera mini web browser, MicroSD, MMS, email, Maps etc. In my books this is an internet connection, just a really cheap one. No question the operator is covering its costs with data services, but the price is still crazy. Operator is basically betting that the phone will create enough traffic during its lifetime to cover the costs. It will sell, although everyone is not using it as a connection for the net.

But when talking about Internet connections, it should NOT be "per household" any more for a CEO of a forward-looking telecoms company. It MUST be "per capita" or rather "per pocket", ie. when I change jacket I will have a different phone that fits the style.

Joey1058

Personally I find most practices of the carriers dismal anyway. Every time I start to consider perhaps biting the bullet and switching carriers from my prepaid acct., I read something like this and come to my senses.

ounkeo

It's absolute madness everytime I read something from a US telecoms provider. I read the claim by this CEO and I was fuming mad. He's a CEO, responsible to the public whom have vested interest in shares of the company. It's a blatant lie. And being an Asian American lving and working in Singapore, I know his claims to be absurd. I at least know the numbers for where I live and work! And that are not what Mr CEO are claiming.

Completely irresponsible. Thank You Tomi for calling people out for bold face lies & untruths!

mobilejones

Yes Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, etc. are all posturing as the Obama administration has the FCC preparing a national broadband plan. Sadly, there is no good data on true broadband penetration in the US. All data available to the FCC is provided by the industry.

They refuse to release this information openly as it is regarded by them as proprietary information and a trade secret. Baloney!

Verizon et al don't want people to accept the reality of the US degradation in connectivity and lack of growth. The US taxpayer has incentivized these companies to build out FTTH for the last 15 years. We've paid them without results.

So of course they will not tell the truth as it will reveal something worse than the lies - theft.

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