LAS VEGAS — CES is so big and overwhelming, reporters look for people to put it all in perspective. Like cabbies, who always turn up in stories about how huge the show has become.
I’ve done it myself a few times with limited success. But today I had a great chat with Habtom Tekie, who hails from Eritrea but lived in Seattle 11 years before moving to Vegas.
After we talked about Iraq and the problems in Somalia, we started talking about cellphones and he mentioned that Eritreans call the devices “tsunami” because they debuted there after a real tsunami and washed over the country in a flash. He estimates half the population has a phone, vs. about 50,000 that have PCs.
Get him a job at IDC or Gartner.