Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Smart initiatives make sense for emerging economies

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 02 February 18

Moldova is among Europe's poorest nations, yet the country's telecoms sector is developing at a phenomenal rate and is fast catching up with its counterparts in Western Europe

When you think of innovation and modernisation in Europe's telecoms sector, Moldova probably isn't the first country that springs to mind. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is one of Eastern Europe's former Soviet states. It is a country of surprises. For instance, you probably didn't know that Moldova has a thriving wine industry producing some excellent pinot noirs and cabernet sauvignons, as well as a spattering of crisp sparkling whites (perhaps this is what enticed French operator Orange to set up shop in the country in the first place). Last week I met with Orange's general director for Moldova, Julien Ducarroz, to discuss the state of the country's telecoms infrastructure. As it turns out, Moldova's foray into the world of viticulture is by no means the most surprising thing about the country. Moldova is home to a thriving smart city initiative in the city of Hincesti…

When you think of innovation and modernisation in Europe's telecoms sector, Moldova probably isn't the first country that springs to mind. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is one of Eastern Europe's former Soviet states. It is a country of surprises. For instance, you probably didn't know that Moldova has a thriving wine industry producing some excellent pinot noirs and cabernet sauvignons, as well as a spattering of crisp sparkling whites (perhaps this is what enticed French operator Orange to set up shop in the country in the first place). Last week I met with Orange's general director for Moldova, Julien Ducarroz, to discuss the state of the country's telecoms infrastructure. As it turns out, Moldova's foray into the world of viticulture is by no means the most surprising thing about the country. Moldova is home to a thriving smart city initiative in the city of Hincesti…

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