Fon will launch in Japan and Korea. I am going to be in Tokyo and Seoul on the week of April 10th to announce the fonero teams that we have been able to assemble. My partners and Fon board members Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis will also be in the region that week and we may be able to do some presentations together. Their company, Skype has taken off very nicely in the area. As we prepare Fon in Japan and Korea I have been studying the broadband markets in those countries and they are absolutely fascinating for Fon. Presently the EU has around 65 million broadband connections, USA 60 million, and Japan and Korea combined have around 50 million. But the EU has around 450 million people, USA around 300 million and Japan and Korea combined have around 175 million people. Japan and Korea are broadband wonders. Why? I can think of many reasons. Densely populated areas are easier to supply with broadband, very fair income distribution makes it such that all can afford broadband, extremely well educated populations have an easier time getting on line and a greater interest to do so. Now what can Fon bring those countries? A true broadband wireless network with way more throughput than any of the existing wireless networks they have deployed today. If you are from Japan or Korea and would like to contact me ahead of this visit please do so through my blog.

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