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India and Asia Pacific

Aeromobile_inflight Thales predicts wi-fi on planes will be universal

Not sure how French defence giant will benefit

Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of the French defence giant, Thales, is predicting that Wi-fi will soon be fitted by most commercial airlines. He to the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, said that recent advances in the technology will mean that within a couple of years broadband services would be available for all passengers on short and long-haul flights “for the price of just a few pounds [£s] per flight.” Apparently, this change the face of civilian air travel. Does he mean that satellite broadband is coming down in price? Or that the dishes can track satellites more accurately. Why not use cellular instead or as well? Continue reading

expanding in asia pacific - gastaut Vodafone & Bmobile announce partner market agreement In Papua New Guinea & the Solomon Islands

Press release

July 10th 2014. Vodafone and Bemobile Limited (trading as ‘bmobile’) have jointly announced the formation of a new partner market agreement in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.Under the non-equity partnership agreement, bmobile becomes Vodafone’s exclusive partner in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and the two companies will jointly offer business and consumer customers a range of products and services. bmobile will benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and products and services which will enable it to enhance its proposition to customers in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. 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

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Absolutely all Nokia X2 handset technical specs

Here’s the full Nokia X2 Dual SIM Technical specs

Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM, Micro SIM
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz dual-core
User Interface (UI): Nokia X Software Platform 2.0
Mobile OS: Nokia X (forked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)
Display: 4.3” WVGA LCD (217 ppi) ClearBlack TrueColor (24-bit/16M)Aspect ratio: 16:9 screen Pixel density: 217ppi
Memory:1GB RAM plus 4GB eMMC removeable with support for 32GB SD card
Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100 HSPA+ 21mbps/5.76mbps
Data Network speeds: WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
USB: micro USB 2.0 port,
Bluetooth: 4.0 Bluetooth profiles – Headset profile (HSP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP) 1.2, File Transfer Profile (FTP), Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
GPS: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS HERE Maps Navigation features: Free maps, Offline maps
Location technologies: Glonass, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS Continue reading

could kranti shirseth's cellular records hold a clue? Malaysia only made 2 attempts to contact flight MH370

We still think that cellular records might hold the key

A report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 only serves to raise more questions than it answers. However, one of its most important revelations is that after their final contact at 1.22am on March 8th [2014], Malaysian ground staff made only two attempts to reach the missing aircraft by calling the plane’s satellite phone. The second call was made at 7.13am Malaysian time, after the flight was supposed to have landed. A Quantas pilot, Captain Richard Woodward told news.com.au [Australia] that,”Five hours is a long time (not to call) if you’re trying to search for the airplane.” GoMo News still thinks that cellular phone records might hold some clues. 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

GCCM GCCM Singapore 2014

[ June 16, 2014 9:00 am to June 17, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Carrier Community
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Location: Singapore
Web: GCCM Singapore

Register here

At the club’s fourth annual Global Carrier Wholesale meeting, delegates will meet over 400 club members representing decision makers from the Tier-1, Tier-2 and Tier-3 operators. At the GCCM attendees will get access to the right contacts to establish new business relationship as well as to further grow existing partnerships. Continue reading

fan support is a team’s 12th man - markin Top Connect uses Singapore GCCM to showcase TravelSim

A key event to meet key South East Asian MVNOs

In a bid to reach the growing potential of South East Asian MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] distributors, roaming specialist Top Connect, is travelling to Singapore. That country will be playing host [June 16th – 17th 2014] to the Global Carrier Community Meeting (GCCM) . This Telco industry-only event is a key hub for business discussions between members of the telecommunications sectors including those dealing with voice, data, SMS, mobile, VAS, MVNOs, ISPc, cable and other related communication services. Continue reading

why keep searching south? MH370 pressure group launches fund raiser

Perhaps it needs to discover direct operator billing

A dramatic new development in the hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 occurred today [June 8th 2014] with the launch of a new $5 million appeal. A pressure group is hoping to raise enough money to encourage a ‘whistleblower’ to come forward to reveal details around the conspiracy theory that someone, somewhere knows something that would reveal where the missing aircraft actually is. Just like the search efforts, GoMo News firmly believes that the pressure group is looking in the wrong place. Plus they could raise money more effectively if they deployed direct operator billing. Continue reading

brooks Pakistan learns from lessons of other nations to deliver successful spectrum auction

Collaborative approach between government and Value Partners lays foundations for 3G/4G connectivity, m-commerce, m-health and other socio-economic benefits

Press Release

June 3rd 2014. Value Partners Management Consulting, the firm responsible for the planning, design and execution of Pakistan’s recent Next Generation Mobile Services Auction (NGSMA), has revealed how its collaboration with the Pakistan Government, the operators and other key stakeholders has paved the way for social and economic development in the country. Value Partners ensured that the auction achieved forecasted revenues, was delivered on schedule and that the entire process was fair and transparent. Continue reading

stuff - veremis Emerging market consumers call for new Samsung Tizen handsets to provide improved payment and content solutions

Emerging market consumers want better access to health, finance and education services via their mobile

Press release

June 2nd 2014. Following Samsung’s launch of its first Tizen smartphone (Samsung Z), which many have speculated will be targeted squarely at emerging markets, new research from mobile marketing specialists Upstream has found that consumers in developing markets are calling for the handset to more readily provide relevant, localised content and services as well as more appropriate payment mechanics and pricing models. Upstream’s new research, which polled the views of a representative sample of 4,504 consumers in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria and Vietnam in conjunction with analyst house Ovum, features in its latest report entitled The Next Mobile Frontier. Continue reading

Paolo_Rizzardini Guest Post: The Asian opportunity for app developers in mobile payments

by Paolo Rizzardini, vp for mobile payments with Infobip

Ever since the beginning of the mobile payments industry, the Asia-Pacific region has held enormous potential for content providers. The mobile app market in the East is more vibrant than anywhere else in the world and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. In fact, this positive trend is continuing at an exponential rate, particularly for Android devices. There are multiple reasons for this. First of all, it is common practice for consumers in Asia to access and purchase multimedia content through their mobile phone. Continue reading

pic courtesy of UTB blogs BlackBerry Z3 ships in Indonesia on May 15th

No pics of the limited Jakarta version yet?

So the the Blackberry Z3 will finally ship in Indonesia tomorrow [May 15th 2013] and the Jakarta version will only be available in that country for the meantime. Strangely, although there’s supposed to be a limited edition of the smartphone with Jakarta emblazoned on its back, GoMo News can’t find a pic of it. However, UTB blogs here boasts a pic of a BlackBerry with John Chen’s signature on the back. Perhaps that’s it? Anyway, according to Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream, the Z3 is not an innovative handset but reveals a lot about BlackBerry’s approach to emerging markets. Continue reading

Z3_released BlackBerry officially unveils BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition

First BlackBerry ‘Built for Indonesia’ will be stores from May 15th

Press release

May 13th, 2014 BlackBerry, a global leader in mobile communications, has introduced the new BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition at a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia. The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition, will be available to customers from May 15th [2014]. The device is expected to retail through authorised partners at a price of IDR 2,199,000 ($192). The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition is built exclusively for Indonesia and provides BlackBerry users more ways to connect and share, with an experience built on reliable, secure communications. Continue reading

mobile-airline-flight-airline-travel Voice 370 is asking for the wrong data

Pressure groups should be pursuing cellular billing information

Here at GoMo Towers, we firmly believe that a new flight MH370 pressure group, Voice 370 is asking for the wrong data. The group is asking for the ‘raw data’ obtained by the satellite phone company, Inmarsat, should be released for ‘independent’ analysis. It seems to us that just like we said here, Voice 370 is actually questioning whether the raw satellite from British firm, Inmarsat, really does indicate that the missing Malaysian Airlines flight [MH370] went south to disappear in the Indian Ocean. A key figure in Voice 370 appears to be Mrs Danica Weeks whose husband disappeared on the flight. A Kiwi, we’d urge to press the New Zealand MNOs [mobile network operator] to see if here husband, Paul’s, mobile phone was switched back on during flight MH370 disappearance. Continue reading