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WiFi losing hi-tech arms race

Wireless warCommercial WiFi hotspots face a dim future in South Africa – at least among corporate workers on the move, a new research study reveals.

Mobility 2007, the latest edition of World Wide Worx’s annual study of mobile technology, released this week, shows that the corporate use of WiFi – small networks that allow wireless access to the Internet – has fallen back after a steady rise in the previous three years. By contrast, the use of 3G – wireless broadband provided by the mobile networks – has rocketed.

World Wide Worx had been warning for several years that commercial WiFi hotspots, especially in hotels and conference centres, were in danger of pricing themselves out of the market. And, now that a monthly subscription to a basic 3G service is cheaper than a few hours on most commercial hotspots, the chickens have come home to roost.



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Beware the lure of the strategy metaphor

Sun TzuThe Art of War, written more than 2000 years ago, has become a standard textbook for any executive wanting to learn the basics of strategy.

The principles of waging war laid out by the military philosopher Sun Tzu seem fairly relevant, especially when he deals with issues like understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your own troops and those of the enemy. This can even be intoxicating for the strategy junkie, who thrills at the parallels to be found between the ancient Chinese battlefield and the corporate boardroom.

The problem is that most people don’t get the connection.

Not because they are too dense to deduce what AOL and Time-Warner or Microsoft and Facebook could have learned from the alliance between the soldiers of Wu and Yueh, but because they find that there are far more relevant lessons to be learned from modern thinkers and strategists. Not to mention from the business successes and failures of the 21st century. Keep reading →

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