John C. Tanner

John C. Tanner

John is editor of Disruptive.Asia and was previously managing editor at Telecom Asia. He has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications and has worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

Is OpenCellular the TIP of Facebook’s infrastructure plans?

Is OpenCellular the TIP of Facebook’s infrastructure plans?

Written by on July 20, 2016 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

ITEM: Facebook has launched an open-source wireless access platform designed to let operators – or anyone else, really – deploy wireless coverage in remote areas. The OpenCellular platform – which was designed as part of Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP) – can support everything from 2G to LTE connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi. It looks […]

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Is digital disruption just like ‘a day made of glass’?

Is digital disruption just like ‘a day made of glass’?

Written by on July 5, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Not a year goes by in the telecoms space where we don’t have a hype cycle around some technology trend. In 2016, it’s a combination of 5G, the IoT and the digital economy, which are actually geared towards the same general vision of the future in which economy will largely be driven by digital services […]

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AI won’t destroy the planet but it may cause problems

AI won’t destroy the planet but it may cause problems

Written by on June 27, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

We hear a lot these days about artificial intelligence (AI) these days, but in the telecoms world, the term is thrown about rather casually, as though it’s simply a really advanced algorithm tool to make Siri more useful. AI is typically discussed in the context of big data, the IoT and augmented/virtual reality apps. The […]

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Hacktivists are bad but impose accountability when others cannot

Hacktivists are bad but impose accountability when others cannot

Written by on May 2, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

ITEM: Over half of the world’s online users think that so-called “hacktivists” are criminals who should be stopped AND heroes who hold crooked companies and government agencies accountable for their actions. A survey across 24 countries conducted by research company Ipsos and commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) found that close to […]

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Nest shuts down Revolv – what does that mean for us?

Nest shuts down Revolv – what does that mean for us?

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The advent of the Internet of Things has raised a number of issues that consumers and service providers alike haven’t really had to deal with before. For example, how do you prevent a Barbie doll from being hacked? And what do you do when a company discontinues service on a connected device to the point […]

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Hutchison to launch mobile fronthaul for better network economics

Hutchison to launch mobile fronthaul for better network economics

Written by on March 21, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

ITEM: Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC) revealed plans Wednesday to launch what is being billed as one of the the world’s first wholesale active mobile fronthaul service in Hong Kong. The mobile fronthaul deployment – supplied by Infinera – will not only provide HGC’s sister company 3 Hong Kong with the fronthaul fiber infrastructure necessary […]

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Self-driving car hits bus – what’s the big deal?

Self-driving car hits bus – what’s the big deal?

Written by on March 2, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A Google self-driving car hit a bus in California last month. Remain calm. According to media reports – based on the public release of the accident report from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday – the Google car ran into the bus at an intersection in Mountain View, CA, while trying to avoid some sandbags on […]

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Networks are going virtual, what happened to reality?

Networks are going virtual, what happened to reality?

Written by on March 1, 2016 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

One of the biggest digital/gadget trends at this year’s Mobile World Congress was undoubtedly virtual reality. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg talked it up in his keynote, an entire conference session was devoted to it, and device makers like Samsung, LG, HTC, Oculus Rift and Alcatel announced new VR headsets. There were also plenty of demos on the exhibition floor, such […]

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Is there malware lurking in your TV?

Is there malware lurking in your TV?

Written by on January 18, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

ITEM: Your smart TV may be vulnerable to malware – if it’s running on an older version of Android. Smart TVs that use the Android OS can use apps to watch streaming TV channels. But according to Trend Micro, some of these apps contain a backdoor that abuses an old flaw in Android versions before Lollipop […]

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Netflix and the birth of a new TV era

Netflix and the birth of a new TV era

Written by on January 14, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

One of the biggest announcements at this year’s CES – apart from all the virtual reality gubbins – was Netflix’s launch of a new global player that effectively makes the service available in every country on Earth except China, North Korea, Syria, and Crimea. (Netflix is working on China separately to deal with regulatory issues. […]

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