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Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 13, 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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English Premier League football club Manchester City is launching a website in Japan.  The club’s website will be developed for Japan’s i-mode mobile web.  Visitors to the website will be able to access the football club’s news, data, and merchandise in Japanese. Read Original Content

With the mobile apps industry providing nearly 500,000 jobs in the U.S., a new apps store is coming to the Philippines.  The new store, MyAppsMall, is the product of a partnership between Philippines telecomm provider Globe and Sing-Tel in Singapore.  The app store will be free of charge, and providers hope to encourage local developers to create and distribute their apps through the platform. Read Original Content

China Unicom Beijing and China Telecom will be working with Waterloo firm ClevrU Corp. to provide mobile online teaching programs for up to 250 million people.  The learning platform is designed to reach students via smartphones and tablets. Read Original Content

Online retailer Flipkart, currently with five offices in India, has announced plans to acquire another Indian online retailer,  Flipkart, launched in 2007, has over 2 million registered users. Read Original Content

Announcing plans to double the number of cities in India selling its smartphones, BlackBerry provider RIM is taking advantage of the significant growth potential.  Smartphone shipments to India set a record high in 2011, with over 15 million sold in the month of November. Read Original Content

Apple has become South Korea’s top vendor of tablet devices, with over 700,000 sold in 2011, and reportedly has reached 1 million to date, topping local provider Samsung. Read Original Content

A newly formed company, Symphony Teleca Corporation, is the result of a merger between Symphony Services and mobile technology firm Teleca.  The new company’s focus is to help clients “rapidly develop, manage, and support software for emerging cloud and enterprise mobility solutions in the connected world”.  Symphony Services currently has operations centers in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, India and Beijing and Shanghai, China. Read Original Content

The momentum for enterprise mobility in India is slow but gaining strength.  “The key to mobility success depends on how closely organizations align both business and IT drivers. Also, its key to success is careful mobility planning.” Read Original Content

PayPal debuts a pilot “shop and pay-as-you-go” program in Singapore subway stations.  The program is being piloted in 15 subway stations. Read Original Content

Total spending for IT in Southeast Asia is predicted to reach $48.1 billion in 2012.  Enterprise mobility is one of the areas that will have “significant influence among enterprises in increasing market reach and business efficiency”.  Estimates are that the smartphone market in the region will reach $11.6 billion by the end of 2012. Read Original Content

European IT professionals are seeking jobs in Asia; however, most Asia-Pacific companies still prefer to hire from the local talent pool. Read Original Content

According to a ZDNet Asia survey, conducted between August and October of 2011, 14.6 percent of those responding indicated their organizations plan to deploy mobile applications within the next six months.  A research director for Gartner revealed that clients are interested in building “all kinds of mobile apps” and they are “looking carefully at what HTML5 can do for them”. Read Original Content

The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing for SAP, with 32 percent growth in revenue.  SAP Thailand is increasing its staff in 2012 to focus on product growth in mobile software, business analytical tools, and cloud services. Read Original Content

Google is set to acquire Motorola Mobility if it receives approvals from China, Israel, and Taiwan.  The U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission have already approved the deal. Read Original Content

Japanese online retailer Rakuten will focus on internet-enabled mobile devices to increase traffic, and predicts a large jump from customers using smartphones and tablets. Read Original Content

Mobile marketing communications firm Madhouse, Inc., based in China, aims to use mobile for mass media advertising in its move into India.  The expansion is a result of a partnership with communications firm WPP Plc. Read Original Content

A dispute over the name has resulted in the halt of iPad sales in many Chinese cities.  Proview Technology has filed lawsuits requesting that Apple be prohibited from selling or marketing the iPad. Read Original Content

Pressing for a one-tablet-per-child policy for first grade students in the country, the government of Thailand has agreed to a deal with China to provide 860,000 tablets.  The price and purchasing agreement have not yet been set. Read Original Content

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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.