Sunday, February 26, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 26, 2011

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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M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content

Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. Read Original Content

Apple sales of the iPhone in China are soaring, as are sales of Mac computers.  In 2011, $13 billion in sales for Apple were in China, and sales of Macs increased 100 percent.  Apple is adding support for a number of services in its pursuit of the Chinese market, including search engine provider Baidu and sharing services. Read Original Content

Hong Kong now hosts Asia’s first social media research center with the launch of the new Social Media Laboratory with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  Professor Tony F. Chan states “With this laboratory, our faculty and researchers are taking an active part in nurturing research and development talents in the blooming new arena of social media, and building Hong Kong as a leading hub of creative media and IT technologies in the region.” Read Original Content

The iPad trademark battle rages on, and tops the tech news in China this week.  Also, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has announced plans to regulate Internet television, including mobile video services, in the country.  Check out China’s five top tech news stories. Read Original Content

Walmart is adding to its investment in the Chinese e-commerce company Yihaodian, giving it a 51 percent ownership stake.  Chinese regulatory approval is still needed to close the transaction.  Yihaodian has operations centers in five cities in China, with 34 delivery stations across the country. Read Original Content

With over 14 million mobile service subscribers, Hong Kong is a booming e-commerce market, and businesses are taking the opportunity to utilize their online and mobile technologies to grow their business by promoting their goods and services.  The number of active Pay-Pal accounts in Hong Kong grew by 54 percent in 2011. Read Original Content and Read Original Content

Mobile social gaming platform Daum Mobage has been launched for Android devices in South Korea.  The platform and apps are the product of a partnership between Japan’s DeNA and Daum of Korea.  Daum’s web portal already has 38 million members in Korea, and the partnership’s goal is to add 10 million gaming members to the service in the first year. Read Original Content

The results of an India mobile apps study by Nokia have been published by the Times of India.  The study revealed that one out of seven India mobile apps users have a smartphone, and 70 percent of those smartphone users download apps from value-added services portals.  The study also shows that the geographic regions of India widely differ in user preferences. Read Original Content

Japanese firms Fujitsu and Panasonic are planning to dive into the smartphone market in Europe.  Panasonic’s Eluga model will be introduced in Europe in April, and Fujitsu is planning to market a variety of smartphones and tablets. Read Original Content

The iPhone 4S, which has been a worldwide hit, will be available from China Telecom starting March 9, 2012.  This will be the second carrier in China to offer the iPhone. Apple began selling the iPhone in China in 2009 via China Unicom. Read Original Content Also Read Original Content

India’s Times Internet Limited and cloud-based mobile publishing firm GENWI have partnered to introduce a new tablet app, Tweek.  The new app will provide content from Times Internet Limited sources in a new package with added features. Read Original Content

Consulting firm Frost and Sullivan sees more potential for e-commerce in Indonesia, and predicts that the nation’s e-commerce industry will grow 10 times larger by 2015. Read Original Content

Four months after its launch, India’s e-learning Aakash tablet is receiving mixed reviews.  There are concerns with the low-cost product’s quality, and the absence of reliable connectivity in India has been an issue. Read Original Content

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank plans to launch its 4G wireless network with speeds up to 76 Mbps on Friday, February 24, 2012.  The company will offer a portable Wi-Fi router with space for up to 10 users.  Read Original Content

In response to concerns from environmental groups, Apple has agreed to independent environmental reviews of its suppliers’ factories in China. The company will allow the examination of at least two of its 14 suppliers’ factories. Read Original Content

Indian software product company GoDB has announced the development of a mobile insurance point of sale application for Reliance General Insurance.  The application is currently available for Android devices. Read Original Content

CCID Consulting has published A Review and Outlook on China’s Mobile Internet Industry, noting an “emerging trend of consolidation” in 2011 and “mobile terminals in the dominant position”, with 318 million mobile Internet users in China by July 2011. Read Original Content

Asia is the fastest growing Facebook continent according to social media statistics portal Socialbakers.  The number of Facebook users in Asia is currently more than 209 million with a monthly growth rate of 3.4 percent, double the global growth rate of 1.6 percent. Read Original Content

Apple’s iTunes cloud services are now available in Japan.  The service allows users to re-download songs already purchased to any device. Read Original Content

According to predictions in a recent Cisco Visual Networking Index report, mobile data usage in Asia will explode in the next several years, claiming 40 percent of the global mobile data traffic. Read Original Content

A partnership between China Telecom and iPass will provide international Wi-Fi roaming services for China Telecom subscribers. Read Original Content

Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook are competing over the mobile, social networks and e-commerce market in India. Read Original Content

The IT services market in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) is predicted to grow by 9.1 percent in 2012, according to an IDC report.  “Enterprise mobility and redefining the next generation workplace will create new constructs for services- and cloud-oriented delivery models and drive the demand for network and communications services.” Read Original Content

LinkedIn is adding new users at a phenomenal rate in Indonesia, a growth rate of over 25 percent, and has reached one million registered members. 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.