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The M25 & the G20

1:35 PM -- In case you've been stuck under a rock (or bludgeoned by a friendly British police officer who was only obeying orders and keeping the peace) this week, you will have noticed that Michelle Obama visited London and met the Queen. (The Queen is the small one in the pink.)

Her visit coincided, not by accident, with the G20 meeting in the U.K.'s capital, at which, we are told, the world's key financial movers and shakers might just have saved the world by agreeing to spend a lot more money than anyone (other than Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, perhaps) can contemplate.

While the world's media were snapping Michelle O (as she's already been dubbed), and wondering which magician's top hat might be housing the odd $1.1 trillion, the mobile industry's finest were looking to seize some of the limelight with an appeal to G20 representatives.

Basically, 25 "names" from the mobile communications sector -- we're going to call them the M25 -- signed and sent a letter to the G20 gathering, detailing how a few key decisions could have a dramatic impact on job creation, private sector investment, and the general well-being of Mother Earth.

Signatories include many big-name CEOs from operators like Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), and vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC). The group was brought together by the GSM Association (GSMA) , which also sent the letter.

Now, it's not a short letter -- more than 600 words and nearly 4,000 characters, in fact.

That's a lot to read for super-busy folk such as the G20 big cheeses, so... maybe the M25's appeal should have been made via Twitter Inc. , to cut down time and maybe reach the G20 smartphones during or in-between the meetings and lavish dinners.

If the appeal had been delivered in the format of a Twitter message, it could have gone something like this: Give us more spectrum and get the regulators to lay off and we could create 25 million jobs and invest $550bn in new networks. Tks. M25. (136 characters.) Phew!

Now, that's what I call real economy!

— Ray Le Maistre, International Twit, Light Reading

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