Sunday, August 11, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of August 11, 2013

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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A global partnership of donors that aims at providing mobile phone aided health service this month reached 100,000 subscribers across Bangladesh under a program called Aponjon.  Read Original Content

Apple saw a dip in its smartphone market share in China as the company was overtaken by local rival Xiaomi, a seller of low-priced handsets that has been making waves in the country's tech industry.  Read Original Content

Canalys Analyst has revealed the top five smartphone vendors in India for the second quarter of 2013. Samsung, with over a third of the market, and Micromax, with 22 percent, led the market with number one and two positions.  Karbonn, Sony and Nokia are the remaining players in top five list.  Read Original Content

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NEC, once the leading cellphone maker in Japan, said it would quit making smartphones, acknowledging it had lost sight of the development of mobile technology and failed to keep pace with the likes of Apple and Samsung Electronics.  Read Original Content

Brazil, Russia, India and China, commonly labeled as BRIC, will take their places among the top seven smartphone markets in 2018, according to ABI Research.  Read Original Content
According to a recent Canalys report, the five Chinese vendors shipping the most devices worldwide (Lenovo, Yulong, Huawei, ZTE and Xiaomi) made up 20 percent of the total market, up from less than 15 percent a year ago.  Read Original Content

After watching its stock price go sideways during its first two years on the NYSE, China's NQ Mobile, which provides mobile security and productivity software as well as mobile gaming and enterprise solution products, seems to have finally caught Wall Street's attention.  The company has seen its shares spike in recent weeks, thanks to events that have underscored its growth potential.  Read Original Content

Markets where contactless card payments are the norm will be the first to transfer the experience onto mobile. So said Niki Manby, Visa’s head of emerging products for Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, in a recent interview with Mobile World Live.  And when asked about likely markets to move first in the Asia-Pacific region, she highlighted Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Read Original Content

Singapore-based mobile network operator SingTel has announced a partnership with Visa that will enable customers in Singapore and Australia, where it operates as Optus, to use its mCash mobile payments solution at any Visa PayWave acceptance point.  Read Original Content

Thailand needs to make more bandwidth available to lure overseas bidders when it auctions licenses to run fourth generation mobile phone networks in 2014, the head of the country’s second-biggest operator said.  Read Original Content

Japan and South Korea have cemented their reputations as two of the most advanced mobile broadband services markets in the world with their rapid rollout and adoption of 4G services.  Read Original Content

The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) within the Department of Education in the Philippines has launched a smartphone application to support teachers involved in the non-formal education system in the country.   The new app launched by BALS in partnership with telecom provider Smart will give these mobile teachers easy access to teaching material anytime on their smartphones or tablets.  Read Original Content

Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has selected Huawei to roll out 4G LTE in Delhi. Delhi will become the fifth 4G LTE location for Bharti Airtel after rolling out high end mobile Internet services in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh in the last 15 months.  Read Original Content

The government of China is reportedly fast-tracking the 4G spectrum licensing process to make sure it is complete by the end of the year.  The State Council met to discuss its revised goals of speeding up 4G license distribution as well as broadband access development, under the supervision of Premier Li Keqiang.  Read Original Content

A smartphone-based payment service developed by Auckland-based company Optimizer HQ will be available in 40 new markets across South-East Asia and Europe from August.  Swipe Reader is a mobile point-of-sale system that be used with smartphones, allowing retail staff to make transactions from a handset instead of a conventional POS system.  Read Original Content

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