Edwin Yapp

An engineer by training, Edwin first cut his teeth as a cellular radio frequency optimization engineer in one of Malaysia's largest telcos. <br>After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at <i>The Star</i>, Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. <br>He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. <br>A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.

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Does M'sia need nine broadband licensees?

Does M'sia need nine broadband licensees?

A couple of weeks ago, the local press reported that the government was about to allocate blocks of 20Mhz spectrum each in the 2.6GHz band to nine players in the country for the development of fourth generation wireless system, or better known as 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE).

published October 4, 2010 by

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Should Apple have so much control?

Should Apple have so much control?

Once again, I find myself blogging about Apple's iPhone, as the latest iteration of arguably the fastest selling smartphone on the planet last week officially arrived in Malaysia.The last time I wrote about the iPhone was in July, when I questioned if consumers should rush headlong into acquiring the iPhone 4, when it was first launched in the United States.

published September 29, 2010 by

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Is M'sia's online world ready for free speech?

Is M'sia's online world ready for free speech?

The social media and online publishing world have had a busy month in Malaysia.Within the span of a month, several incidents have arisen that have directly involved online platforms and how information therein has been posted, so much so that many, including both sides of the political aisle have also weighed in with their views.

published September 7, 2010 by

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Have we become too dependent on tech?

Have we become too dependent on tech?

I was prepping a blog about something else but after reading my editor's blog and tracking several stories that are trending worldwide, I decided to pen this blog instead.It started when her blog questioned whether IT is ironic or not.

published August 9, 2010 by

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How tech should break into our lives

How tech should break into our lives

I've been writing about the technology landscape for a long time and more so observing the wireless sector, in particular, as I used to work in that line more than 10 years ago.One of the most fascinating things about the wireless space is that it's constantly evolving.

published June 19, 2010 by

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Reorienting M'sia's entrepreneurial direction

Reorienting M'sia's entrepreneurial direction

One of the perks of being a freelance journalist is that I get to write for a number of publications and not necessarily for the same kind of industry. So I was happy and quite enthusiastic when I was asked to go for a travel familiarization trip to Tasmania late last month.

published May 20, 2010 by

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Should smaller towns be marginalized?

Should smaller towns be marginalized?

Last month, my missus and I took a vacation in Kuantan, a coastal town about 350 kilometers east of Kuala Lumpur.Kuantan, a typical sea town, boasts of some of the best beaches in the east coast and is famed for white sandy beaches along an area known as Cherating.

published April 24, 2010 by

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The iPhone comes to town...again

The iPhone comes to town...again

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about some interesting developments in the telco world that would have taken place in March.Two of the three events did happen last month, with TM launching its high-speed broadband service, UniFi, on Mar.

published April 7, 2010 by

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Formidable is the power of Web 2.0

Formidable is the power of Web 2.0

As journalists, it's not uncommon to find companies which press conferences we attend, issue clarifications after the event has ended.But having gone to hundreds of these events, I've yet to come across one I've attended that changes the terms and conditions of their product offering a mere 48 hours after the event.

published March 28, 2010 by

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Will TM's UniFi service be a success?

Will TM's UniFi service be a success?

Finally, it's here.After more than two years since the announcement of its plans, incumbent telecom operator, Telekom Malaysia, has finally made good its promise to bring high-speed broadband (HSBB) to the masses.

published March 28, 2010 by

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Three interesting developments in M'sian telco scene

Three interesting developments in M'sian telco scene

The past month has witnessed some interesting headlines in the local press with regard to the telco developments in Malaysia.It first started three weeks ago when DiGi Telecommunications, perceived to be the most innovative of the three celcos in Malaysia but smallest by subscription base, announced it has secured a three-year deal to sell the Apple iPhone 3GS in the coming months.

published March 21, 2010 by

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Time fires first high-speed broadband salvo

Time fires first high-speed broadband salvo

A couple of weeks ago before Chinese New Year, local service provider Time dotCom (TdC), announced the launch of Time Fibre Broadband, what it claims to be the fastest high-speed broadband Internet service in Malaysia, touting packages that allow users access at speeds of up to 50Mbps (megabits per second).

published February 25, 2010 by

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