Sunday, March 04, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 4, 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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Satyam Computer Services has partnered with Japan’s SBI Holdings to launch a fund for investing in information and communications technology companies on a global basis.  The CEO of Satyam states “With sharp focus on the future trends, we intend to go full throttle on investing in emerging spaces such as mobility, social networking, security solutions and cloud. Read Original Content

The Symantec 2012 State of Mobility Survey indicates 71 percent of enterprises are discussing the deployment of custom mobile applications and one-third are in the process or have already implemented custom enterprise mobile applications.  The survey was conducted in 43 from August – November of 2011. Read Original Content

A new mobile payment service through HDFC Bank has been launched in India.  The new service, Movida India Pvt., Ltd., is a joint venture between Visa and Monitise, and will allow mobile and online payment services via basic prepaid mobile phones. Read Original Content

Chinese Internet company Tencent is moving away from personal computers and focusing on mobile devices.  The online advertising market in China grew more than 40 percent in 2011. Read Original Content


India’s online insurance giant PolicyBazaar.com has announced a new mobile website to service a mobile customer base that has doubled in the last six months.  The company’s CMO states “With increasing mobile penetration in the country, mobiles are becoming the tool for accessing Internet.” Read Original Content

China is set to reach one billion mobile subscribers, and India is close behind, hitting the 900 million mark in February 2012.  It is predicted that India will reach one billion by 2013. Read Original Content

While global mobile media usage has met and passed the 50 percent mark, Japan lags behind the U.S. and other countries in the number of smartphones used, with only 16.6 percent of users with smartphones. Read Original Content

Problems and performance issues have plagued the Aakash tablet device in India.  Of the contracted 100,000 units, only 10,000 of Datawind’s $35 tablet have shipped since October 2011. Read Original Content

Chinese mobile handset maker Xiaomi plans to add over 1,000 staff members in 2012.  The company has sold over one million units since October 2011. Read Original Content

Cloud identity security firm Ping Identity has announced new offices in Tokyo and Sydney.  The Chief Revenue Officer for Ping Identity states “…more organizations in Japan and the Asia Pacific are turning to cloud-computing and mobility to grow their businesses and be more efficient.” Read Original Content

China’s online payment market doubled in 2011, and is predicted to reach 10 trillion yuan by 2014. Read Original Content

Smartphones and tablets are changing the way we access the Internet.  In Singapore an estimated 11.5 percent of web traffic is via mobile devices; another large market is India, with 5.1 percent. Read Original Content

AT&T is eyeing the growing mobile workforce in India.  “AT&T is currently focusing on two huge business segments in the country —global multinational companies which enter India and India multinationals which go abroad.” Read Original Content

Huawei Device is collaborating with IBM Global Business Services in China, to develop an solution for the enterprise mobility market providing clients with a secure, intelligent mobile solution, ushering in a new era of the 'smart mobile worker'. Read Original Content

The JumpSurf Personal Hotspot for mobile data roaming will now be available in India, in addition to the current markets in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau. Read Original Content

The Cloud Security Alliance announced plans to establish an Asian-Pacific headquarters.  “The dynamism of the cloud computing market and its exponential adoption across Asia Pacific has created a growing sense of urgency among organizations to take a hard look at cloud security.” Read Original Content


Cloud-based analytics service provider Razorsight has announced plans for expansion in the Asia Pacific region with new offices in Singapore and Japan. Read Original Content

China’s largest wireless provider, China Mobile, is planning a rollout of its TD-LTE network, with 20,000 base stations expected by the end of 2012, and 200,000 by the end of 2013. Read Original Content

China Mobile is working with XcelMobility to bring the Xcelerator technology to the corporate mobile workforce in southwestern China. Read Original Content

Intel is partnering with Lava to introduce a new smartphone in India.  The XOLO X900 is expected in the second quarter of 2012, and will support both 2G and 3G networks. Read Original Content

Mobile communications provider Telenor will work with the Wikimedia Foundation to provide Wikipedia on mobile devices to customers in Asia and southeastern Europe.  The rollout will begin in the second quarter of 2012. Read Original Content

Philippine telecommunications company Globe Telecom has developed a GCASH mobile app for iPhones, which will be available in March 2012.  The app is already available for BlackBerry devices. 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.