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Our dear friend Cyriac Roeding, the former EVP of mobile at *CBS*, is on a world tour of about 10 countries in seven weeks. After leaving CB…

Our dear friend Cyriac Roeding, the former EVP of mobile at *CBS*, is on a world tour of about 10 countries in seven weeks. After leaving CBS (NYSE: CBS) earlier this year, he is on to the next new thing, and for inspiration– and to unwind– he is documenting the mobile lifestyle across the countries he is touring. His first “postcard” for us, from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan…check out his pictures of the mobile lifestyle in the country, here on Flickr.

image[by Cyriac Roeding] I’m sitting in an empty, pink painted room in a run-down house with a few desks in it, and a picture of the Bhutanese king on the wall. It is called “Internet Cafe,” in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

This in a country where cows sleep on the road and come home when they feel the need to, families run and inherit their own temples, many villages don’t have electricity yet, and Gross National Happiness weighs more than Gross National Product. And religious statues, mini shrines in the Himalayan backyard, prayer wheels and flags in the 5 colors of elements are to “subdue” the evil spirits.

At the same time: Farmers, monks and basically all young people have cell phones, and they talk and text. Cell phones only arrived in Bhutan in 2003, and yet they are already all over. (Our contact here estimated 40 % have a cell phone.) TV and internet both arrived in 1999. On TV, there is one Bhutanese channel, and that is on from 7-11 pm. Otherwise people watch the European soccer championships on ESPN (NYSE: DIS), and debate whether the German or Spanish team should have won (of course I have my opinion about that). And in school, most of the classes are in English, only one class is taught in Bhutanese. And Bhutan exports most of its electric energy to India, because it produces far more than its 635,000 people need. The energy is renewable energy: Water powered electricity from water turbines driven by Himalayan rivers.

BTW: July 18 was the day when the democracy officially started in Bhutan. The new young king, the “5th King” (he is under 30) is now a representative of the country, but not more, i.e. Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy now. And his own father, the previous king, actively pushed this change.

And the young king was the first to receive an iPhone last year in Bhutan, too…

The full set of pictures from Bhutan, here on Flickr.

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  1. Come on, guys! Was this really a slow wireless news days?! Who the hell cares what Roeding is doing. He was (and probably still is) full of himself when he was at CBS.
    The current CBS Mobile team is 100% better off without this egomaniac…

  2. Walter Cando Tuesday, July 29, 2008

    Hey Flor Rita, it sounds like you didn't get that Christmas bonus you wanted last year.

    Personally, I'm all for what Cyriac is doing. It's interesting to see how technology is being used in other countries around the world. Including the mobile lifestyle.

    I have lived in other countries besides America and one thing I can tell you is that we (Americans) can benefit greatly by learning what's going on in mobile technology and the various types of mobile lifestyles.

    His trip isn't really about your opinion or your current job. Now get back to your cubicle. Xmas is almost here.

  3. Oh great, "Travelogues of the Self-Important"! I can't wait to hear about Peter Adderton's weekend in Paris and Ryan Wuerch's junket to Belize!

    Moco – do us a favor and leave the vacation chronicles to travelocity. Better yet, have Roeding post his vacation updates to his blog so he can see how little we care about the cows in Bhutan.

  4. Hey Walter, glad to see that your in the Cyriac circle of friends!
    I, too, truly appreciate learning about the wireless world beyond the US shores. Matter of fact, I'm wirelessly responding to your post from my 55' Azimut yacht circa Catania, Sicily. Indeed, Christmas was very good… Cheers!

  5. Nyendra Wangchuk Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Roeding post this blog is great. It is nice to hear what foreign writer think about Bhutan. As a Buddhist, we have learn to treat dogs and cows well.

    I think about 1 in 60 people have internet connection here and about 50% are estimated to use cell phone all around Bhutan. I got my iPhone 4 years ago.

    In Bhutan, we live in the world where slow life is fast changing with latest technology.

  6. I have been travelling for the last 4 months to 3rd, 2nd and 1st world countries and am so happy Cyriac is ignoring these jealous haters. I didn't even know Bhutan existed until him. I think it is quite embarrassing for hater # 1/Flora to say he is an egomaniac while in the same breath, just happened to mention she was sailing on a yacht…how shameless but you got your ego stroke, now we know you are liked enough to be invited on a yacht and all think you are a great person. I dare you to say you own the yacht, that would be pure egomaniac to the core!

    Why don't you try spending a significant amount of time in 3rd world countries where things matter, unlike your empty lifestyle full of negativity. When was the last time you tried to change the world? I can't wait to see what CYriac comes up with.

    Cyriac, don't listen to this because at the end of the day "everything is empty & meaningless"…just like these haters.

  7. "From flor ritaTue 29 Jul 2008 12:36 PM
    Hey Walter, glad to see that your in the Cyriac circle of friends!
    I, too, truly appreciate learning about the wireless world beyond the US shores. "

    Well, flor rita, Cyriac could be an egomaniac because he knows his grammar (even with english as a second language).
    When YOU learn the difference between your and you're, come back and visit this post and share more of your negative thoughts and label people you don't really know.

  8. I thought it was quite an interesting read with awesome pictures. It's nice to have a break from the typical stuff on here and it's not like the dude is going 5 star here like a real "egomaniac" would (note: flor rita on the yacht in Sicily). Anyway, anyone who calls the guy that is just jealous. And I ask this of anyone who does…. What were you doing or where were you working and how much were you making at age 35? He wouldn't have gotten where he is by being anything less. Chill people!

  9. I think that those of us who read this blog as part of our daily news ritual too often forget that this world is not just about hot new apps and cool new technology that, really, serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever. And in addition to reading this blog everyday I also work in the industry and fear that I will never have the courage to walk away and do what Mr. Roeding has done. It is a wonderful refresher to not only be reminded that there are people who RELY on this technology as their connection to the modern world but to know that there are people in this industry who are not ONLY about the bottom line, salary and title. It seems as if Mr. Roeding has taken a step back in his life to do what far too many of us should be doing – living his life, presumably enjoying his life and frankly making himself even more marketable than he already was by touring the world and seeing how the mobile industry affects those outside the Silicon Valley.

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