Apple releases a major new iPhone once every two years, with a minor S upgrade in between. It seems reasonable to assume that the minor upgrades attract fewer people than do the major ones. A certain number of iPhone 5 and Android owners could simply be holding out for the next-generation iPhone. Only 6 percent of iPhone 5 owners have made the jump to the 5S or 5C, says research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The new iPhones have apparently convinced only a small percentage of iPhone 5 owners to upgrade.
YTL got its start building its network along highways outside Malaysia's major cities, but the company got an silver gray glitter #1 #shiny #decor #art #society6 iphone case unusual opportunity: a contract to supply Malaysia's 10,000 schools not just with network access but also with a countrywide online education system for students and teachers, YTL brought Google in as a partner, and now it's the largest deployment of Google Chromebooks, Lee said, Lee is a fan of 4G, which he's lived and breathed for years, YTL and his former employer, Clearwire, embraced the WiMax network standard that mostly proved commercially unsuccessful, but YTL soon will begin installing LTE technology, too..
But Lee believes there's a 4G honeymoon period that will come to end as consumers encounter its shortcomings. To hear his thoughts, read this edited transcript of the interview. Q: You have an interesting partnership with the Ministry of Education in Malaysia. Can you describe the project?Lee: Malaysia has a fairly progressive education blueprint that calls for the transformation of learning to prepare the next generation for the workforce. Toward that end, we dived into this private-public partnership with the government. 1BestariNet is a project that's a part of this blueprint. Its focus first and foremost is to deliver Internet to all public schools in Malaysia. There are 10,000 public schools. Malaysia has a population of 28 million, so some of the schools are quite small -- 40 or 50 people in small villages -- to 2,000-plus people in big cities. The total enrollment is about 5 million students. Delivering connectivity to the school is just a starting point. We just happened to have this 4G network, which gave us a tremendous advantage when it comes to deployment speed. The alternative would take years to complete. That's why we can deliver broadband to over 85 percent of the schools in 18 months' time. We target to complete all 10,000 schools by the end of this year.
Do you just put up a wireless network base station by each school?Lee: That's pretty much how it works, Malaysia has a huge digital silver gray glitter #1 #shiny #decor #art #society6 iphone case divide, If you're in big cities like Kuala Lumpur or Penang, your broadband is OK, But when you're outside the big cities, you're pretty much out of luck, Until our network showed up, there was pretty much no coverage, even on the highways, From the moment we launched our network 30 months ago, we decided to launch the highways and all the major thoroughfares, In five months, we were able to bring all the major highways in Malaysia to run on our 4G network..
The good news is because of that strategic investment we made 20-some months ago, we already have the backbone for the entire country. When you connect the major thoroughfare, you connect all the towns and rural towns. Because of this advantage we have -- it's foresight, not dumb luck -- we are able to connect the schools quite fast. That's how we won this contract. Highways don't always go to rural areas.Lee: For that point on, we can backhaul. As long as you have the backbone, you can extend out from the backbone quite easily. There are certain rural areas in east Malaysia you have to take boats to get to. For those, you have to use VSAT [satellite links for Internet access]. But the majority of the schools are all on 4G. Because they're all on 4G, the kids in rural towns will have the same high-performance network as the kids in big cities. That's a level playing field.