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Gartner forecasts an incredible rise in the number of global mobile payments users, with a predicted increase from 141.1 million in 2011 to 349.4 million by 2015. The Asia Pacific region is predicted to remain the largest segment, with growth from 69.1 million in 2011 to 127.8 million in 2015. Read Original Content
Arbitron Mobile Oy and iResearch Consulting have formed a partnership to jointly operate a syndicated, mobile media research service in China, the world's largest smartphone market. Read Original Content
LetMobile has announced the opening of a new office in Sydney Australia, which will serve Australia, New Zealand and the growing Asian market. LetMobile provides secure corporate collaboration solutions for mobile devices. Read Original Content
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Singapore’s Chan Brothers Travel has selected Amadeus Mobile Traveller to provide an integrated mobile application supporting pre-trip, in-trip and post-trip travel needs. Read Original Content
HTC’s Ray Yam claims China could become the driving force in mobile innovation with all the elements in place to “ensure that the country will serve as a hotbed of future innovation for the global mobile industry”. Read Original Content
According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, the total mobile commerce market in India is Rs 400 crore and is predicted to reach Rs 2,000 crore by 2015. There are currently between 8 to 10 million mobile banking customers in the country, with that number expected to rise between 40 to 60 million in the next four to five years. Read Original Content
A report from the China Internet Networks Information Center reveals that close to 388 million Chinese were connected to the Internet through mobile phones at the end of June 2012, surpassing the number connected through desktops, 380 million. Read Original Content
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Northern Prawn Fishery Industry Pty Ltd are collaborating to test the use of new mobile devices to enable field crew members to collect data and transfer it instantly to a database on the mainland. Read Original Content
China’s online business industry is growing fast, with 2.14 million people currently working in the e-commerce industry. It is predicted the number will reach 2.65 million by the end of 2012. Read Original Content
LG Electronics has launched four new Android-based smartphones in India, the LG Optimus L3, L5, and L7, and the LG Optimus 4X HD. Read Original Content
The Communications and Information Network Association of Japan has released the results of a survey of 1,200 cellular phone users in the country. The primary choice terminal of 58.1 percent was a feature phone, and 38 percent use smartphones as their main device. Read Original Content
According to IDC's "Continuum" End-User Survey 2012, respondents revealed an expected increase in IT spending in the following areas: Virtualization and Automation driven needs (39 percent), Big Data/Analytics (34 percent), Mobility related (34 percent) and Datacenter expansion (34 percent). Respondents of the survey are all IT decision makers in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan region. Read Original Content
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API server provider Vordel is partnering with Redcore to continue its expansion in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. Read Original Content
Following Facebook’s launch of operations in India, the number of users grew from 8 million to 50 million, with more people in India accessing their Facebook accounts via mobile devices than on desktops. Read Original Content
According to Lelah Manz of Akamai Technologies, e-commerce vendors wishing to enter major Asian markets such as China and India must come ready with a mobile-first strategy due to the high mobile phone and mobile Internet penetrations in these areas.
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Broadband solutions provider Sigma Systems has appointed a regional director for the Asia Pacific region, who will begin by focusing on the Japanese service provider market. Read Original Content
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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.