Staying Connected in the Mangrove
I was recently at a service provider customer event in Langkawi, Malaysia. The attendees included executives from service providers from Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. The discussions at the event focused on a wide range of topics including the macro-economic trends in the region and it’s impact to the service provider opportunities as well as challenges. The most interesting thing for me though was the tour of the Mangrove. Was it the beautiful trees or the eagles or the boats from around the world that are parked across the Mangrove? While all of these were fascinating things to see, what I was amazed with was the coverage on my mobile phone across all the nooks and crannies in the Mangrove. I had full coverage with all bars showing as I do with my AT&T wireless coverage in San Jose. After partaking in the views of the trees, the water lines, the monkeys and the sand crabs, I found myself searching for what was helping this coverage even in the midst of the thickest areas of the Mangrove. It took me a while but I finally found one of the nicely disguised cell phone towers…well masked with a blending color scheme and some fake branches to make it not standout. So, what’s the takeaway? If you are looking for a sanctuary away from civilization, leave your cell phone at home.