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January 28, 2014

At last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there was a considerable amount of fanfare around new smartphone operating systems, as the big question about who will emerge as the third challenger to iOS and Android in the global mobile OS race is as elusive as ever.

In addition to persistent rumors of Nokia making an Android device, the new wave of web-based operating systems which debut to much fanfare at last year’s MWC will also likely be in the limelight once again. Relatively little progress with any of the new operating systems happened in 2013, but here is a rundown of... MORE

October 23, 2013

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank certainly made waves in the mobile gaming industry last week by purchasing a majority of Finnish gaming company Supercell for $1.5 billion.

Aside from being unusually aggressive for a Japanese mobile company to take a majority share in a foreign company at a high valuation, the move is notable in that there has been relatively little cross-industry investment, even outside of Japan and South Korea.

For mobile carriers elsewhere this might seem like an interesting idea, as the mobile gaming market has exploded recently, with Frost and Sullivan... MORE

July 18, 2013

Android is and in my opinion will remain the dominant mobile OS for some time to come. As of the first quarter of 2013 roughly three out of every four smartphones shipped was an Android device. Large and innovative markets such as Japan, South Korea and China are all overwhelmingly Android on the high end. As are emerging markets like India and Indonesia, not to mention most Western European markets, especially where device subsidies are low. While web-based browsers offer some interesting possibilities in the future, aside from iOS little else really presents a challenge to Android as... MORE

February 08, 2013

APAC`s mobile operators are now facing their most severe threat in recent times in that OTT services such as Kakao Talk, LINE, WeChat and others are eating large chunks of traditional telco revenue and carry the potential do to even more damage by eating into SMS and voice revenue.

What`s more, these companies are successfully branching into other services such as gaming and m-commerce and are succeeding at what Facebook, Skype and other Web 2.0 giants have been meaning to do for some time.

While some operators are quite content with the dumb-pipe approach and others have... MORE

January 23, 2013

The recent news that Myanmar will soon revamp its telecom market by offering two telecom licenses to either local or foreign players in H12013 will quite possibly be the wireless story of the year for Southeast Asia.

While figures are scarce and unreliable, the country certainly has a single-digit mobile user ratio but is set to soar to upwards of 80% according to government projections.

With the global mobile SIM base projected to surpass 100% over in 2013, there are still a handful of countries in the world where SIM ownership is still relatively uncommon. Ranking the least... MORE

March 09, 2012

The third generation of the watershed iPad has just been announced to much fanfare. As expected the device boasts many of the anticipated features widely expected, such as an improved 5 megapixel camera, HD display and a beefed-up processor, which will be a boon to tablet gamers.

The other feature which is being widely heralded in the press is 4G LTE connectivity. While this is of course a positive development, consumers looking for a true 4G experience will likely be disappointed, at least for awhile, in the vast majority of countries in the region. This is because unless you... MORE

September 29, 2011

For the past several years, the Japanese mobile market has been dominated by several big stories. First and foremost is the turn-around of Softbank Mobile, which has led the market in new subscriber acquisitions for the vast majority of months during the last four years. NTT DoCoMo has also frequently been in the headlines for both its LTE launch and its successful venture into the Indian mobile market, while eMobile has done well in promoting the use of dongles domestically. All of these events have largely left the country’s second-largest mobile operator KDDI out of the limelight despite... MORE

August 03, 2011

In the last eighteen months the Asia Pacific region has witnessed explosive growth in mobile broadband uptake.    This growth, particularly in the 3G dongle market, has brought many mobile operators heavily into the ISP business and many countries in the region - such as the Philippines, Indonesia and now India - have more consumers accessing the Internet via a wireless connection as opposed to a fixed line.    In no market has this been more evident than Malaysia, where mobile broadband has significantly impacted the market amidst tough competition in the wireless broadband space... MORE

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