Asias Wireless Broadband Alliance Chair Speaks Out
eWEEK interviews Kyong Yu, chairman of Wireless Broadband Alliance and senior vice president of StarHub Interactive.Asias Wireless Broadband Alliancea collaborative effort of the areas most powerful telcos looking to provide seamless wireless connectivity and roaming across the regioncontinues to grow and expand. But with the growth of the organization comes concerns about the impact of new alliance initiatives on existing competition. To address the matter, and the importance of the alliances efforts, Kyong Yu, chairman of Wireless Broadband Alliance and senior vice president of StarHub Interactive, sat down with eWEEK Asia editor Stephen Yeo for a one-on-one interview. eWEEK Asia: Suppose you have a valued partner who, for competitive reasons, opted not to join the alliance. How would you propose to work with such a partner, if at all? Yu: The Wireless Broadband Alliance certainly welcomes operators to join the Alliance. However, we are also working on ways in which [walk-in] customers from non-Alliance operators may be able to benefit from some of the Alliances initiatives. In addition, the Alliance doesnt prevent individual operators to work with their partners that are non-Alliance members. We anticipate that the benefits of joining the Alliance will entice many leading operators to seriously consider how they can partner with us to improve their core product offering for the benefits of their customers.
eWEEK Asia: Suppose, also, if an alternative alliance comes together, how would the Wireless Broadband Alliance deal with the situation? Would it attempt to co-opt the new alliance? Would it try work out a peaceful co-existence and risk confusion or unnecessary competition?