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About Rajveer Singh Rathore

Rajveer Singh Rathore is a Microsoft consultant working with who worked in enterprise IT services and solutions provider. He is a blogger, a reader and a social media enthusiast who loves to observe and share insights about Microsoft technologies. To know more about him, follow him on Twitter @hearthackersss.

Firefox barking up right tree with Intex Cloud FX

Should prove ideal upgrade for Indian featurephone users says Upstream

Mozilla and Intex have just launched the first Firefox OS phone in India. It’s called the Intex Cloud FX and costing just 1,999 Rs (£19.90). The device is aimed at emerging markets consumers who are looking to upgrade from a featurephone to their first smartphone. The Cloud F”s low price should prove very attractive to this target audience. Upstream recently undertook research into consumer attitudes in emerging markets earlier in 2014 with Ovum that shows Mozilla is barking up the right tree. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

left 2 right - krishnan, nayar, pulickal M&C Saatchi lands Delhi’s February in agency partnership

It’s all going to be happening in Shahpur Jat

Following a strategic review of M&C Saatchi Worldwide’s operations, Saatchi’s new Indian agency – M&C Saatchi February has been created. It’s a tie-up between February & M&C Saatchi and will be headquartered in February‘s offices in Delhi’s up-and-coming creative zone of Shahpur Jat. Significantly, February’s founders Gopal Krishnan and Nirmal Pulickal will be taking over leadership of the combined operation. The pair will be supported by Anjali Nayar, who is currently CEO of M&C Saatchi Delhi. Whilst India is the world’s second most populous country, it is currently the fourteenth largest advertising market. Plus it has one of the lowest advertising spends per capita. However, with the advertising marketing already growing by 8 per cent per annum. Hence the deal. Continue reading

affordable data roaming is a must - reza India to be key market in international roaming charges battle

WorldSIM calculates 4-day Indian trip would cost £1,280 in roaming

A recent report entitled ‘CFO Innovation Asia’ (commissioned by Concur Technologies) has found that India has emerged as the world’s 10th-largest business travel market. However, travellers can expect to face international roaming bills of £320 per day when travelling to India1. Travellers can face data rates as high as £8 per megabyte. Thus, India ia emerging as key market in battle over international roaming charges amongst the key discount roaming specialists – such as Uros, Top Connect (Travelsim), and WorldSIM. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Upstream says Nokia is aiming X2 @ India

We say Nokia is competing vs Blackberry over Indonesia

Even though the original Nokia X is barely six months old, last week [June 24th 2014] the handset division of Microsoft launched the Nokia X2. It’s running what most observers refer to as a ‘forked’ version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but this time it has a more Nokia/Microsoft style UI. It’s also avoiding Google’s Play app store as far as technically possible. If users aren’t content with the Nokia Store, then the handset vendor recommends other stores such as 1Mobile Market, Aptoide, SlideME, Mobango and Yandex. Now Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream reckons that Nokia is definitely targeting India with this device. Given that it should be priced sub INR 8,000 (€99) that seems a fair assumption. However, GoMo News thinks it has spotted a deliberate attempt to competing in Blackberry’s favourite market – Indonesia. Continue reading

Reliance to pump $11.6bn into Indian 4G

The sort of gamble which Hutchison Whampoa pulls off

Reports have emerged that India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has decided to sink a massive $11.6 bilion (INR 700 billion) into rolling out 4G in India. In 2013, Deutsche Bank has estimated that Reliance would pour some $3 billion into 4G, so this is over triple that figure. The investment will be made via the Reliance Jio venture and marks Mukesh’s first return to mobile after surrendering Reliance Communications to his brother Anil some ten years ago. It’s abold move and one which GoMo News has only ever seen be pulled off before by Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa (which currently own Three/3UK, for example). Continue reading

rajiv pancholy Rajiv Pancholy joins OnMobile as CEO

Veteran who’s long served Canadian mobile sector

In the wake of the resignation of Mouli Raman as CEO back in May [2014], OnMobile Global is happy to announce the appointment of Rajiv Pancholy as Chief Executive Officer – effective June 2nd [2014]. Rajiv is a veteran in the telecommunications industry possessing over three decades of experience in a variety of roles. He has a proven track record of successfully implementing organisational transformation, conceptualising innovative product and marketing strategies, international business development and planning and policy development. He has degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Continue reading

suri - class of 1989 @ mit Rajeev Suri named new Nokia CEO moving up from NSN

Heavy duty Indian connexion for both Nokia & Microsoft

Having completed the sell-off of its Devices & Services division to Microsoft, Nokia has named Nokia Rajeev Suri as its new CEO. Its a predictable move since Suri had been heading up the solutions & networking division – formerly Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN]. It is reported that Nokia currently acquires around 90 per cent of its remaining revenues from the networking division. But there’s a strong connexion between Suri and current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella both were MIT student -just a year apart. Not at the Massachusetts Instute of Technology as you might have thought but at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka. Continue reading

ibeacon Asia-Pacific will be the largest LBA market in 2018 says Berg Insight

Our old friends NeoMedia are in on location based ads game too

Analysing the latest developments on the location-targeted advertising market worldwide, Berg Insight has just released the third edition of its ‘Location-Based Advertising and Marketing’ report. Targeting by location in combination with other contextual and behavioural segmentation greatly enhances the relevance of mobile advertising. It has been demonstrated that location-targeted ads generate considerably higher returns than conventional mobile advertising. The associated eCPM and CTR levels are several times higher. Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the largest LBA market in 2018, followed by North America and Europe. Continue reading

spot the onedrive icon The difference between Microsoft’s OneDrive & SkyDrive

by our Microsoft specialist

GoMo News noticed the obvious discrepancy here between the branding Nokia is using with its latest X range over cloud storage and existing branding. We asked our resident Microsoft specialist, Rajveer Rathore, which was correct? SkyDrive or OneDrive? His answer was … Microsoft rebranded cloud storage services (available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android users) as OneDrive as of 19th February, 2014. The company was forced to do so as it lost a trademark battle over the name ‘Sky’ with the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). Continue reading