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  • Java creator compares J2EEE with .NET
    ".Net is a marketing program, J2EE is a Market," said James Gosling, creator of Java. He added "Microsoft's decision to drop the .NET brand proves that the market and Microsoft never really knew what .NET stood for. By contrast, the movement behind Java is community and market driven, and continues to thrive and grow proving that Java is the best platform for execution of web services." Sun ONE products continue to deliver Java Web Services that are in operation today, making a difference to businesses and communities worldwide. James opined, ".Net led a very public if somewhat questionable life. No doubt it will be missed by some and while others are awaiting the (again) delayed and renamed Windows Server 2003, they will be able to turn to Java for comfort."
  • Indian ICT market to surpass China
    Gartner predicts that while China will remain No. 1 in overall market size, the Indian domestic market is expected to grow by 25 to 30 percent and will be the fastest growing ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) market in the world. Wireless will be a key driver of continued growth in the Indian Telecom market, though rationalization of licensing regulations and interconnectivity policies will be a strong factor affecting growth in the longer term. Hardware unit growth in India will reach 10 percent, making the country one of the fastest growing hardware markets, in unit terms, worldwide. Gartner's predictions for APAC in 2003 reveal that APAC (excluding Japan) will lead the global IT recovery with sales of IT and communications products and services almost doubling from 5.8 percent in 2002 to a 10 percent growth rate this year.
  • Public WLAN services in APAC
    According to Dataquest, public wireless LAN services are finally picking up speed in APAC after two years of struggling to get off the ground. In at least six major markets—Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan—there is a wider choice of operators, service coverage is improving rapidly, and pricing has come down to realistic levels. The service is currently led by incumbent carriers, even though most of them are not first movers in this sector. The main driver for service acceptance is the improving service coverage. Pricing used to be high as the service was initially aimed at corporate, but it has come down to affordable levels in many countries as the carriers are beginning to target the mass market. Since the service is still in its early days, the subscriber numbers and revenues are still very small, and it's not clear whether it will become a major revenue generator in the near term.
  • IP telephony in APAC
    The proliferation of VoIP services across Asia-Pacific will increase as the telecommunications markets open its doors to competitive service providers. According to the latest report by a research and analysis company, Frost & Sullivan, this move coupled with the increasing differential between PSTN and VoIP tariffs will ignite VoIP services to revenue growth rates exceeding 320 percent over the previous year. The services market is expected to expand at a CAGR of about 90.5 percent, reaching 243.17 billion minutes of traffic for the year 2006; whilst the revenue CAGR being 77.1 percent will touch $ 14.89 billion within the same period. Deregulation has proved to be the biggest enabler for the proliferation of the service, making Asia-Pacific one of the fastest growing markets in the world for IP Telephony services. Value-added services such as VoIP over broadband, unified communications solutions and voice portals would provide a possible revenue stream and market niche for the smaller players.
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