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Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly - Week of February 6, 2012

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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Twitter is targeting the Asia Pacific Region by bringing in new vice president of international operations, Shailesh Rao.  Mr. Rao, most recently served as managing director of media and platforms across Asia Pacific and managing director of Google India. Read Original Content

Chinese Internet video company Tudou has announced an enhanced video sharing platform for users of the microblogging site Sina Weibo, allowing users to share video content on the Tudou platform. Read Original Content

In a move to capitalize on the technological expertise and cheaper labor in the Asian market, and to bring the smartphone building process closer to suppliers, Nokia has announced plans to move its manufacturing operations to Asia.  As part of the move, the company plans to cut 4,000 jobs in Hungary, Mexico and Finland by the end of the year. Read Original Content

With the e-commerce market in India predicted to grow 47 percent this year, Amazon has launched a new online shopping service,  The new service taps into the large e-commerce potential in India, which currently has only 52 million active Internet users, with only 40 percent of those users shopping online. Read Original Content

With over 40 million users, nearly 17 percent of the population in Indonesia, Facebook has become the “face” of the Internet.  Internet use via computers in Indonesia is less than 10 percent, but mobile Internet use has jumped to 57 percent. Read Original Content

Fujitsu has announced the launch in Japan of an Android OS-based tablet for the enterprise market.  The new device, the STYLISTIC M350/CA2, is geared to “support customers in transforming work styles within their companies”. Read Original Content

Analysts recommend that BlackBerry maker RIM expand and diversify in the Asia Pacific region.  ABI Research urges the company to “expand and be more competitive in China, where the iPhone is more dominant”.  The company has lost market share to devices such as the iPhone and Android.  A Gartner vice president states that RIM “would do well to establish wider geographical coverage that includes Asia-Pacific…”
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A new book, Mobile Law, has arrived in India to address litigation and jurisprudence on mobile devices.  Launching the book, Justice Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court said, “Soon, there will be a time when all services will move to mobile devices that would eliminate the paper work. Therefore, there is imminent need to deal with mobile technology, including mobile banking.” Read Original Content

Large format retailers will be replaced by e-retailing, predicts Jaspreet Bindra, who spearheads Microsoft Retail Sales and Marketing in India. “Everything has been very sequential in India. Earlier we saw fixed-line hogging the limelight, which was ultimately taken over by mobile Internet. Internet mobile will pan out the e-commerce business in the coming years.” Read Original Content

In the wake of reports from the Internet & Mobile Association of India and with Boston Consulting Group predicting that the number of India’s Internet users may increase to 300 million over the next three years, Yahoo India is planning to expand into five additional Indian languages.  According to the IAMAI, $3 billion worth of e-commerce was transacted in 2011. Read Original Content

Due to the increasing number of smartphones and tablets in China, a new study by iResearch predicts that mobile commerce and advertising revenues will rise.  According to iResearch, the mobile market was worth $6.2 billion in 2011. Read Original Content

The dynamics in China’s mobile phone marketing are changing. In 2008, as much as 71 percent of handset sales were sold at fragmented retailers such as small telecom store chains or independent and small mom and pop electronics stores. Research firm McKinsey and Company estimates that by 2014, these channels will account for less than half. Read Original Content

A Global Market Report, published by Global Industry Analyst Inc. predicts the enterprise mobility market in India will exceed $168.8 billion by 2015. Read Original Content 

As of December 2011, the number of mobile Internet users in mainland China reached 356 million, an increase of 17.5 percent year-on-year.  The rate of increase in overall web use, however, has declined. Read Original Content

Indian telecomm regulator TRAI is reviewing India’s existing tariff policy, and may seek to regulate mobile service and data usage service for mobile devices. Read Original Content

China’s Ministry of Commerce announced it will promote online shopping and will encourage large retail enterprises to implement online shops to help achieve their target of 15 percent annual growth in both total retail sales of consumer goods and added value in retailing in the five-year period 2011 to 2015. Read Original Content

The Fifth Mobile Commerce Summit Asia 2012 will take place March 20-22, 2012 in Singapore.  According to Summit sponsor Neoedge, “mobile commerce has been the buzz word in recent years but in Asia, we have yet to realize the full potential that it can bring us”. Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.