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After India, American mobile network booster firm to aid Southeast Asian region

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After India, American mobile network booster firm to aid Southeast Asian region

5BARz International (OTCQB: BARZ), chaired by former Apple CEO Gil Amelio and led by tech incubator Daniel Bland, revealed that Southeast Asia is their next target after successful talks with various tier one telcos in India.

In an email interview, CEO Daniel Bland said that the company will start meeting with telco officials in various countries in the region to convince executives that its revolutionary product could help solve network-related quandaries.

The company's plug-and-play technology marketed simply as 5BARzis an inexpensive, easy-to-install, network extender device that could help enhance a mobile gadgets network connectivity. With a power consumption of 5 Watts, it provides up to 70 db of signal gain and covers up to 4,000 square feet inside any enclosed area.

"The problem is similar, anyway, and its all about poor mobile and Internet network signal which are all infrastructure-related. We have an affordable technology solution that never has been done before and has revolutionized the way telcos build out their networks and provide this much-needed, last-mile connectivity solution."

The American network booster firm was challenged to take its plug-and-play device outside the US after realizing that India, a global leader in mobile market, has been experiencing massive call drop problems for years now. Gil Amelio, former Apple CEO and now 5BARz's board chairman, admitted that India's telecommunication problem can be solved by setting up new government policies and by modernizing infrastructures.

Amelio also believes that giving the consumers the power to solve their own device signals in a very revolutionary and simple way will strengthen his proposed solutions.

"Infrastructure enhancements usually take months and years. Yes, it is also consumer-empowering on our part," Bland said. "With this easy-to-use technology at hand, subscribers will no longer be depending on what the telcos and the government could do. [In a sense] we are giving consumers the power to improve their own mobile phone signal, which is beautiful, isn't it?"

Asian connectivity quandary

While mobile phones continue to empower Southeast Asian nations, most countries from the region still lag behind its Western counterparts in terms of mobile network and broadband speed.

"In order to take advantage of this economic power and realize AEC's goals, the region will need to look beyond basic connectivity and focus on the interconnectivity of the Internet, which will underpin the economic integration and usher in the digital economy," Rajnesh Singh, regional bureau director of Internet Society Asia Pacific, said in a statement.

A 2014 infographic report by ASEAN DNA on mobile connectivity revealed that Southeast Asia's average internet speed was only at a dismal rate of 12.4 Mbps, several notches behind the average global speed of 17.5 Mbps.

Among the most sluggish Internet speed is Cambodia (5.7 Mbps), Malaysia (5.5), Laos (4.0), Indonesia (4.1), and the Philippines (3.6). Singapore is currently the ringleader of the worlds network speed at 122.43 Mbps and Hong Kong at 102. 97 Mbps.

Poor Internet connection also encourages giant telcos outside the region to expand to Southeast Asia to help them enhance its broadband connection segment.

Just recently, Australian telco Telstra announced that it is in talks with giant food and beverage firm San Miguel Corporation to enter the Philippine market.

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