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Does the much-heralded "End of Distance" necessarily mean the end of geography? Many leading wireless analysts think not. In many ways, geography is coming to mean more, not less. Stagnation in one part of the wireless world can well be matched by remarkable growth in another. Cultural factors play a role, as do the usual interactions of politics, economics, and technology. In this month's "Industry Insight," WBT looks at two very different regions that seem for some reason to be bucking the trend of a general technology downturn: Africa and Canada. In his early 20s, Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim became fascinated by mobile phones during a cab ride in Geneva, and they gradually became his passion. After studying in the UK, he soon established himself as one of the top engineers in the industry. He now heads up one of the most influential wireless carriers in the world's most... (more)