Here’s Interesting article on GigaOm about the how broadband is reinvigorating the Israeli tech industry. The article is written by an Israel-based venture capitalist, so a certain degree of hyping the Israeli tech sector can be expected. Still, it’s an informative read. A number of Israeli companies where prominent during the early days of the commercial internet. Who can forget the ICQ story (is anyone still using that?). Now, a new breed of companies is active in broadband, telecom and web 2.0 ventures.
GigaOM : » Israel 2.0 :
..The growth of telecom and broadband networks worldwide has created big opportunities for Israel.
Israel 2.0 is all about broadband, and broadband driven innovation.
Despite being a tiny country, Israel ranks ninth in terms of broadband penetration. Although speeds are limited to 2 Mbps, Israel is obsessed with news and connectivity to the outside world, Israelis spend more time online than any other country on a per capita basis..
When I think that all this stuff is happening just 70-100 Km away from Amman it makes feel a bit weird.
Where are the Jordanian startups with global potential? Jeeran.com, which has regional, not global success is already 5 years old.
Do you know of any other interesting Jordanian tech startups? Share the info here if you do.
Finally a note to our ISPs. When the heck will we get 2 Mbps? And when will customers be freed from the mind numbing bandwidth restrictions? We though that telecom liberlization will do the trick, but here we are 18 months into the liberalized telecom market with substandard 512 Kbps and 1 Mbps connections.
Bring on Jordan 2.0!
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