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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
Saturday night found us on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, enjoying a picnic by moonlight at Storrs Hall.
It was fantastic. I’m not a big fan of the theatre, and had to be persuaded that I was going to enjoy myself – ‘you WILL enjoy this Eli’ – but this was great. The Globe Theatre put on Comedy of Errors, and we sat on the lawn of the hotel, on deck chairs, quaffing champagne, watching the chaos unfold. And it didn’t rain!
It was really good to be away for the weekend. This year is staycation time at Casa Lederwerg, which sounds good in principal, but has been hopeless in practice, as the great British public attempts to holiday in the great British weather.
Back to Monday morning now and work mode – the last trip to Indonesia is paying dividends, three more orders are in the pipeline – USSD solutions are really taking off there, and we have been inundated with requests for quotes.
Mobiles are currently being shipped to Africa, and I have several new clients in East and Central Africa interested in our products, so a trip over there will be on the cards very soon.
I’m in Indonesia, celebrating – clinching a deal with a client here re social networking software… At least, I’d like to be celebrating, but of course it’s Ramadan, so we’re raising a glass of diet Coke to the future of PMB in Jakarta. Exciting stuff. I feel like I’ve just given birth, having nursed this deal for the past several months. In fact, I’m hoping it’s a multiple birth, there’s definitely something else in the pipeline…
Indonesia is such a vibrant country, the opportunities here are endless, I just wish they could sort the traffic problems out. Maybe it’s something you just get used to…
The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan’s surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hostilities, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. Indonesia’s first free parliamentary election after decades of repressive rule took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world’s third-largest democracy, the world’s largest archipelagic state, and home to the world’s largest Muslim population. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, holding the military and police accountable for past human rights violations, addressing climate change, and controlling avian influenza. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face low intensity armed resistance by the separatist Free Papua Movement.
We’re back from our Winnebago Adventure! It was great – camping for wimps. That’s me.
Hot and cold water, a proper bed and Sky TV. What more could you ask for? The site we chose was fab – just a five minute walk from St Andrews. In fact it was a golf course – St Michael’s – the M&S of camping? Sorry about that, but they were very organised and good value for money with a marquee set up for hot breakfasts and bbqs, and lots of Dutch, we love caravans and tents do the Dutch.
We played lots of golf with very friendly Scottish folk, and spent Sunday at the Open, which although not a thrilling finish, was a wonderful spectacle… would certainly recommend it!
Hello to all our friends in Mozambique, the latest customers to take advantage of our most popular handsets. We’ve also got more than a few hot leads in South America, especially with regard to some new Android handsets we have available.
And it won’t be long before we can offer our own version of the iPad:
The Indian government has unveiled the prototype of an iPad-like touch-screen laptop, with a price tag of $35 (£23), which it hopes to roll out next year. Aimed at students, the tablet supports web browsing, video conferencing and word processing, say developers. Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said a manufacturer was being sought for the gadget, which was developed by India’s top IT colleges.