What could be the rational behind Apple’s selection of these 9 countries to release iPad?

As you may already know that  Apple announced that iPad will be available outside USA in 9 additional countries from this Friday.

Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore

These countries are in addition to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US. This previous is obvious. It included mostly developed markets.

However, in the second list merging economies like India, China, Brazil, etc. are missing. so I wonder what is the logic behind selecting these countries. The list is missing countries from South America, Mid-east, south-asia, Russia, China, etc.

What could have been the selection criteria?

Is it the market size? then why Luxembourg and Austria?

Is it availability of 3G networks?

Is it depending on a favorable partnership with local wireless providers?

is it based on availability of paid apps that may be used in those market and thus would increase the long tail revenue to Apple?

What could be the rational behind Apple’s selection of  these 9 countries to release iPad?

I would like to hear.


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