Marc Einstein

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 ...    


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 projecting that revenues will reach $12.5 billion in 2013.

Mobile operators ...    


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 Microsoft and Blackberry ...    


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 sought to settle this matter ...    


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 penetrated markets excluding Myanmar ...