I see three parallel developments that I predict will kill the phone companies as we know them. The first is the shift to mobile handsets. Landlines are disappearing for good. The second is the political pressure to make internet connectivity a basic urban utility, like streetlighting. The third is the handsets’ increasing ability to place voice calls directly over the internet, bypassing the telco network altogether.
Less than 1% of Myanmar had internet access until 2014. Now the country is getting online at an astonishing rate - but so is fake news and anti-Muslim sentiment. Sheera Frenkel finds out what happens
Economic growth and social inclusion, critical issues for many countries, will be promoted by bringing the four-plus billion non-Internet users around the world online. The common view of this digital divide is that it separates the Internet "haves" from the "have-nots"; dividing those who are online from those who would like to get online, but