Monday, April 28, 2014

Networked Readiness Index (NRI) by World Economic Forum - India, IT power house?? with ranking of 83rd??


** the website seems not updated yet as the data is still showing from 2013 **

I see the 2014 market release and India took 84th position. Both Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway kept their top positions sequentially from last year.

Horrible part is the "emerging" economies fail to invest and use the technology to grow. But these countries see the 'IT' for money making, spectrum as huge asset to monetize but not to benefit the end user. Look at India, virtually "codes" the world programming lines but couldnt improve the necessary infra to support internal growth and markets.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fibre to the home - Thanks to the Gov vision in 2010.

200/200 Mbps Download/Upload speeds and unlimited data volume. For a price of SGD 39/Month. This is what Singapore managed to do with Fibre to the Home. I was a bit sceptical originally in 2010, and the project itself went in to many challenges (still ongoing with lead times to install fibre, or change operators) but end of the day it is a great boon to house holds. I've checked my bills and I found out that in year 2003, I paid SGD 58 to a cable operator for 3 Mbps broadband connectivity. Followed by SGD 41 for 6 Mbps ADSL, then SGD 39, and SGD 72 for 20 Mbps before I subscribed at SGD 31 for 30 Mbps Fibre to home in 2011.

It's a good experience overall and I know I can't ask for more given my current services comes with free residential telephone with unlimited local calls, and a free WiFi router.  

World tallest Ferris wheel - It's not Singapore Flyer any more. Las Vegas got a bigger one now..

Source: Here

The world’s tallest Ferris wheel opened on the Las Vegas Strip on March 31, 2014. Standing at 550 foot tall, the Ferris wheel named “High Roller” sports a 520-foot diameter giant wheel and is taller than the previous record holder, the Singapore Flyer by 9 feet and almost 100 foot tall than the famous London Eye. The wheel is located across from Caesars Palace, adjacent to Flamingo Las Vegas and The Quad Resort & Casino.

Looks good and I am not sure if soon the "ferris wheels" will be removed or scrapped. I don't understand the business case and I still see no business here in Singapore, and many other places.