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U.S. cities don't make the intelligence cut

Pac-Rim telecom think tank names the cities that do.

By Jay Gillette, Network World
January 24, 2007 09:55 AM ET

Network World - HONOLULU – For the second year running, no U.S. city has made the list of the world’s top Intelligent Communities of 2007, as selected by global think tank Intelligent Community Forum. The ICF met and announced this list as part of the 29th annual Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference here in Hawaii last week.

The PTC conference, which had 4,000 attendees, features information and communications technologies, public policy initiatives, business development strategies and industry forecasts from an Asia Pacific point of view.

The ICF selects the Intelligent Community list based on how advanced the communities are in deploying broadband, building a knowledge-based workforce, combining government and private-sector “digital inclusion,” fostering innovation and marketing economic development.

As announced by ICF chairman John Jung, the intelligent city finalists are:

• Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
• Gangnam District, Seoul, South Korea
• Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
• Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario-Quebec, Canada
• Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
• Tallinn, Estonia
• Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Most Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced in May in New York. The 2006 winner was Taipei. The closest U.S. city to this list was Cleveland, which was a semifinalist last year.

China IT leaders looking outward

Chinese telecom vendors, facing fierce domestic competition with dropping revenues and profit margins, are shifting their focus to international markets, said one Chinese analyst presenting at the conference.

According to Dongming.Zhang, research director of Beijing-based BDA China, China’s leading equipment provider, Huawei, is generating 65% of its annualized $10 billion revenue in overseas ventures.

With 44,000 employees, Huawei fights for its largest single share of China’s crowded domestic communications equipment market — reaching just 16%. Ericsson is next with 10%, followed by Motorola, Nortel, IBM, Alcatel, Siemens, Cisco and others dividing single digit slices of the market.

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