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Lilo technique!

The rain in Spain stays mainly on the Plain

We have been back two weeks now and sitting on that terrace in 30C seems like a very distant memory:

Remarkable that one week we are having to use a buggy to play golf because it’s so hot, and the next week I’m looking for the hand warmers and waterproofs because Britain in August is experiencing Arctic conditions. Should curb the rioters a little though, and the rain ought to put out a few of those fires…

Ola! – Ole!

 

Just back from holiday. We had a fabulous time in Spain. Mucho golf, rosado and sunshine. Really didn’t want to get on that plane home, in fact I’m wondering whether or not we need to move PMB HQ to sunnier climes! Viva Espana.

The blog is back with a vengeance now. Lots of news and changes afoot. Watch this space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April update!

Trip to UGANDA, the Pearl of Africa, was very good. The Grey Crowned Crane at the centre of its flag was chosen for its gentle nature, a perfect choice reflecting the kind and welcoming people everywhere we went. It was great to see all  old friends and business associates. Business seems as solid there as ever, with a steady growth predicted..

We say hello to our new customer in Zambia and hope to visit them soon. Their flag features an eagle, representing the people’s ability to rise above the nation’s problems.

I’m thinking what bird might be suitable for the flag of Eli?

No, not a Great Tit….!

The trip to Jakarta was a amzing, the factory visit was superb. Seeing the only complete smart card manufacturer operating like a European outfit in Indonesia..very slick, and wonderful hospitality as ever from our suppliers there.

New opportunities have arisen with various mobile operators and we are hopeful to get in to a couple of big groups this year…watch this space and keep your eyes peeled for important news.

So far this year we have placed over 15 million sim cards and are in line to double our last year sales..lekker!!

Ps

I used to go to the Circus to see the fat tattooed lady, now they’re everywhere…

Thanks

Gusti

Just back from Indonesia, things are going really well there. Missed my flight on the way home, the traffic is TERRIBLE, but below is the man who can sort it, next time, I’ll mention it!

This is a picture of yours truly with my favourite supliers and The Minister of Environment: Gusti Muhammad Hatta:

Ola from MWC!

BARCELONA was brilliant – and I’ve got the blisters to prove it.

The Mobile World Congress was host to 1300 companies  – I tried very hard to get round to all of them, to spread the PMB Word, but probably only managed a fraction of that!

The mobile ecosystem is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of transformation. As business models adapt, new verticals and players emerge. Technology evolves, perceptions shift, and lives are improved. We are constantly looking at opportunities to expand and strengthen our business, and we certainly weren’t disappointed this year.

A big hello and welcome to our new partners in Pakistan and South Africa. We’re hoping to be out there visiting you in the next couple of months.

A big thank you to Kate Hamilton from Myriad, for her fabulous organisation…

Off to Uganda this week:

I’ll be spending time with one of our favourite clients – he even named his son after me, and you can’t say fairer than that!

Long time no hear!

Everybody should pay their taxes with a smile, said Eli. “I tried it but they wanted cash”.

Topical joke here in the UK, last day to file your tax return online!

Life at PMB has been very hectic these last few weeks. It’s hard work, we are constantly on the go, but there’s a real buzz about the place. Yesterday, if you believe the papers in this country, was supposed to be the happiest day of the year! First pay cheque, and the day most people book their summer holiday! I don’t have time for holidays – not sure the Marketing Director would agree with that, she thinks my life is just one long holiday…

I have just returned from Indonesia. Another extremely fruitful visit for PMB. It was a bit of a whirlwind, I’m still recovering, but well worth it. We secured the sim supply to one of Indonesia’s biggest operators. Fantastic start for us.

The social networking solution from Myriad: Xumii, is being sold into Indonesia. We are just waiting for contracts to be signed. Let’s hope this is the start of a great partnership. The highlight of the trip must have been the police escort to the airport en route to Bali! I’ve never experienced anything like it, we were stuck in traffic, and the powers that be organised some motorbike outriders!

I felt like I was in the movies – no, not those sort of movies!

Off to MWC in Barcelona in a couple of weeks, hoping to land another big one then. Following Spain it’s Kenya and Uganda late February. Keep on keeping on!

Just thought I would say hello to all our clients and friends in Egypt. Can’t imagine how difficult life must be for you at the moment.

 

Cape Town

Stunning South Africa – view from my room!

I’ve just got back from an amazing telecoms conference in SA. Africa Com was a vibrant and positive meeting of global companies, and PMB was thrilled to be there. We went away with loads of enquiries, and orders in the ether.

The Xumii social networking was enthusiastically received and we presented on a loop to very keen potential clients. We also had a lot of interest shown in our new android handsets.

According to the CIA World Factbook, the number of internet users in South Africa is just over 4 million, which puts it at number 49 in the World League Table. Incidentally the CIA World Factbook website is definitely worth a visit – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook

In case you’re interested, this is the top 10 according to the CIA. No surprise to see China with nearly 300 million users! I included Indonesia as number 11 in the Table with an incredible 30 million users. And a mention must go to the Christmas Islands at number 216 on the list, with 464 users. Not sure how much networking would be needed there!

1 China
298,000,000
2008
2 United States
231,000,000
2008
3 Japan
90,910,000
2008
4 India
81,000,000
2008
5 Brazil
64,948,000
2008
6 Germany
61,973,000
2008
7 United Kingdom
48,755,000
2008
8 Russia
45,250,000
2008
9 France
42,912,000
2008
10 Korea, South
37,476,000
2008
11 Indonesia
30,000,000
2008

I changed my plans to dash back from SA to watch my son play in the rugby county trials. Only to discover on reaching the Airport, that he had broken his elbow! MUPPET.

And from Muppet to Booby, this Abbotts Booby nests solely on Christmas Island and is an endangered species.

Mmmm, endangered boobies.

Indonesia again…

I’ve just returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It’s a real hotbed there for PMB, lots of new clients in the pipeline, and a chance to look at some innovative products as well.

Bali was amazing, especially the Nirvana Golf Club, we had a fantastic weekend there thanks to the generosity of my Sim card suppliers who arranged the trip as a surprise.

The Social Networking Solution – Xumii – has created a real storm in Indonesia and we are in advanced talks with a major operator in Jakarta, we are hopeful it will be launched shortly.  http://www.xumii.com/

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly enjoyed a great weekend despite the huge amount of rainfall whilst we were there. A bit like Manchester – but warmer! Oh, and a few more palm trees!

Sims are doing great guns. We are increasing month on month sales to Indonesia and Uganda and we are about to break the market in Kenya. As far as we are concerned we are still the cheapest available. Without compromising on quality or lead times.

I shall be in Capetown in November showcasing our new products at the AfricaCom 2010. Especially our new low-cost Android model available at under $150. Looking forward to seeing you there!

PMBehave…

I played golf last night… making hay whilst the sun shines. The weather in the UK this summer has been shocking. So any breaks in the rain (not many!) and you’ll find me swinging a club. I’ve been trying to get my handicap down.

I’d like to say it’s been as easy as falling off a log. But last night whilst searching for my ball, way off the fairway, in the middle of a dark, dark wood, I DID fall off a log!! Not a pretty sight, me, buried neck down in nettles and brambles, whilst the PMB Marketing Director rolled around the floor laughing.

She’d better watch out – Marketing Directors are in ample abundance at the moment….

It’s a good job the business is better than the golf!

There’s more good news coming out of Indonesia regarding Social Networking Software. I shall be going back to Jakarta in the next couple of weeks to sign up another client. Exciting stuff for PMB… We have also been in touch with an old friend from the Ivory Coast, there are many opportunities in West Africa for our business, and I’ll drop by on the way back to the UK…We are in the race to supply a telecom operator in Uganda with batteries..watch this space… they are cheaper than chips, but without sacrificing the quality…

I’m glad the summer (?) is coming to an end… the kids have been off school for months, they must be bored stiff by now. And whilst it’s all very lovely having them at home all day every day – it’s bloody expensive!

Just to close out, this was the funniest one-liner at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, a bit like our holiday this year:

“I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again.”