Monthly Archives: June 2007

India Telecom Statistics for May 2007

Telecom subscriber statistics and numbers for May 2007:

6.57 million wireless subscribers added in May, compared to 6.11 million in April.
Total wireless subscribers: 177.79 million (GSM, CDMA, & WLL)
Wireline subscribers declined 0.28 million in May.
Total wireline subscribers: 40.26 million.
Total number of telephone subscribers: 218.05 million.
Teledensity at 19.26 in May. Compared to 18.74 in April.
Total broadband connections 2.46 million in

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Categories: asia, regions, research, stats

Broadband Penetration in OECD Countries

Broadband Statistics for 2006 from OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry:

Subscribers per 100 inhabitants:

Denmark – 31.9 subscribers.
Netherlands – 31.8 subscribers.
Iceland – 29.7 subscribers.

Total subscribers:

United States – 58 million subscribers.
Japan – 26 million subscribers.
Germany & Korea – 14 million subscribers each.

Broadband technologies:

DSL – 62%.
Cable Modem – 29%.
Fibre + LAN – 6%.


Categories: research, stats

New Frontier in Learning & Training: Games

I have just come back from the Games for Change Annual Festival. It was my very first. There were so many great panels from which I now have a ton of materials to check out and even more fodder for thought. I will dump all the links shortly so you can read, play, and generally have fun. But, before that, here is one snippet

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Scrapblogging a Museum Visit

While in New York for the Games for Change conference (blog reports to come soon), I decided to check out the “Designing for the Other 90%” exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Took a few photos, noted down some thoughts, and decided to … scrapblog it.

Scrapblog is the newest blog kid around town, so like any self-respecting techie, I had to check it

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Invest in the People of Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former (and the first woman) Finance Minister, speaks eloquently about the exciting new opportunities emerging in the African continent.

In this 20 minute presentation at the TED conference, she paints a picture of an Africa of improving governance, emerging democracies, reducing conflicts, and blossoming entrepreneurs. She also highlights the biggest barrier that local businesses face – the lack of capital to expand.

Categories: africa, regions


Kolam: Every morning in southern India, millions of women draw kolams on the ground with white rice powder. Through the day, the drawings get walked on, rained out, or blown around in the wind; new ones are made the next day.

Kolam on Wikipedia »

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