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clrmoney
clrmoney
8/22/2016 10:57:27 AM
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Finding Telenor
This will be a plus for Telenor and the consumers found them to see what available products and services they have to offer.

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Adi
Adi
8/22/2016 11:22:46 AM
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More insight available on Thursday
Looking forward to hearing more this Thursday, when Mike interviews the head of Telenor's research division.

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dcawrey
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8/22/2016 11:36:16 AM
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Re: Finding Telenor
Interesting read – I think this is something most of us are aware of, but haven't seen the hard numbers on. The gap is only going to get bigger over time as more technology comes to market. Virtual reality, digital currencies and Internet of Things are some of those that come to mind right awat. 

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Mike Robuck
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8/22/2016 1:41:03 PM
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Digital Divide
Thanks for posting Adi. It made me think of a Swisscom study earlier this year that claimed the digital divide was a myth. 

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mhhf1ve
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8/22/2016 2:29:25 PM
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Re: Digital Divide
There are so many ways for technology to leave *some* folks behind... A simple font change can make things incredibly more difficult for older users to access a website. (What is with the trend toward thin fonts?!)

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Adi
Adi
8/23/2016 6:05:32 AM
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Re: Digital Divide
@Mike - interesting peice, thanks for adding to the discussion thread.

Here's my two cents: The Swisscomm study makes a good point within its context I think. But the context is quite specific - that there is no rural-urban divide for digital services in Switzerland. I would agree with some of the readers who point out that the same result would be unlikely in many other, less affluent and developed countries; and it doesn't take into account other factors such as age, income, gender etc.

Many of those criticisms would also be valid for this study. It's a Norwegian study only, so doesn't really tell us that much about any other country. I found it interesting because even in such a developed market, with 93% homes passed, you still have significant discrepencies in technology adoption. I would imagine in less developed countries, even in Europe, these differences might well be considreably greater, and a larger percentage is being either left behind or struggling to cope.

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Adi
Adi
8/23/2016 6:06:38 AM
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Re: Finding Telenor
@dcawrey - agreed. As the Telenor CEO says, technology will not slow down. We've just got to find a way to keep everyone on the train.

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dcawrey
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8/23/2016 2:18:10 PM
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Re: Finding Telenor
Problem is, I'm not sure what the "train" is going to be. 

It seems at this point people are pretty familiar with smartphones. It also helps that these devices are easier to use than a Windows computer. But what's next? VR? AR? 

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Ariella
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8/23/2016 2:50:23 PM
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Re: Finding Telenor
@Adi Seriously, though, can everyone keep up and should they? Shouldn't the products suit the people rather than the other way around?

I remember when Google glasses came out. One reviewer admitted it had problems but still thought it shoudl be embraced simply because it was a symbol of future technology. Another reviewer didn't care, said it wasn't worth the $1500. The second one turned out to more accurately represent the market. There was something new on the block, but it did not appeal to enough people to really take off.

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mpouraryan
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8/23/2016 3:14:24 PM
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Re: Finding Telenor
This is not too surprising because people are not as "aggressive" in buying stuff and are not buying into the hype.     When you're dealing with a $ 9 Computer and have an opportunity to convert an older PC using a $ 19 Thumb Computer--why are we surprised? 

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