Georgia in the limelight of 3G or 4G
04 November, 2010

Users are being told 4G is the next best thing but the operators are offering 3G services as 3G networks just recently started operations and are far from reaching ROI (return on investments).

Aggressive marketing for 4G services and devices would not bring high churn to the mobile network operators as the vast majority of subscribers do not know yet how to use functions inbuilt into 3G networks. Complicating matters for consumers is that three different technologies (HSPA+, LTE and WiMAX)

are being marketed to them as 4G. Thus, today, 4G is a fluctuating market commodity, highlighted with spotty coverage areas and limited devices worldwide.
Georgia with its comparatively small territory could be one of the best places to implement E-government while the population and the Government of the country could benefit from easy access to the state run info resources. Today we are facing cannibalization of telecom services when traditional long distance voice is cannibalized by Skype, this is inevitable as the new software and hardware is targeting particular Customer needs.
Mobile phones ‘announced death verdict’ to pagers, street payphones. Internet radio is broadcasting all over the world and ethnic communities can listen to their favorite FM radio stations without any frequency or distance limitations. The issue of so called ‘last mile - distance between operators’ backbone and Customer premises is one of the vital issues of telecommunications as neither fiber to the curb (FTTC), nor fiber to the home (FTTH) have solved issue of high cost of network construction. Georgia has unique chance to demonstrate along with most advanced nations of the world highest penetration ratio of phone landlines, Internet and highest number of mobile subscribers with two handsets. Telecom is one of the key indicators of the country’s wealth, highway to the civilized world. Georgia is getting there.
Nota Bene:
Nikolas Lobjanidze is an Independent Telecom Consultant in Moscow. He was born and grew up in Tbilisi, went to school for a year in the USA and built his career in Russia. Nika (as we have always known him) has agreed to correspond with Georgian Journal for which we are thankful to him. Our new correspondent is coming from a journalistic family background, and it is only natural that we should hear from him on permanent basis. In spite of a long absence in Georgia, his love for this land and his dedication to this culture has never faded away. Just the contrary, he has always missed Georgia. Isn’t this correspondence going to be a real compensation of the long absence? There goes our come-back kid.


 

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