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India and Asia Pacific

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

savings for users have soared  - 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

Z3_camera Z3 Jakarta Edition pre-order available in Indonesia

Thanks a bunch BlackBerry marketing for not telling us

Here at GoMo Towers, we’d always known that the BB10 powered BlackBerry Z3 would come out first in Indonesia. And it has done so as the Jakarta Edition on pre-order. We noticed whilst updating the installed apps (including BBM incidentally) on our Q5 that amongst the improvements to the BlackBerry Virtual Expert app was supported for the Z3. So we Googled the Z3 immediately and found that in the very last days of April [2014], the Z3 had suddenly become available for pre-order here but only in Indonesia. We wouldn’t have minded so much but this publication had gone to all the trouble of registering our interest in the handset – in Indonesia. Has BlackBerry’s marketing department bothered to contact us? Nope. What was the point? Continue reading

initial reports showed MH370 going north Now we need Cambodian phone records for Flight MH370

GoMo speculates once again that missing Malaysian airliner went north

In attempt to stem public criticism, the Malaysian government has released a crucial report iinto what happened when it was discovered that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 had gone missing. The objective was obviously to help meet the complaints from friends and relatives of the 239 passengers and crew who went missing. However, its publication has raised more questions than it answered. GoMo News is particularly intrigued by the suggestion that the airliner had been picked up by flight control in Cambodia. As GoMo News has pointed out before, the co-pilot definitely turned his mobile phone on whilst the aircarft flew back across Malaysia. Could his smartphone – or those of others on the plane, have been picked up by Malaysian MNOs [Mobile Network Operators]? Continue reading

air_france Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked

What if the plane did go north instead of south?

Here at GoMo Towers, we always love a conspiracy theory but the plight of the passengers and crew on the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 continues to fascinate us. Today [April 28th 2014], it was announced that the aerial search for wreckage in the Indian Ocean will cease as it has almost certainly sunk. Plus the search area in that ocean has been changed again. What ever happened to the theory that the plane turned north? We think that mobile phone records need to be checked again. Continue reading

Pin_finder2 Latest BBM update for Android fails to excite

Still great deal of negative feedback

As Microsoft made it very clear this week when it finalised the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division, the way to make money out of mobile currently is out of services. The demon of Redmond will be pushing the likes of OneDrive to Asha and Nokia X owners rather than desperately trying to get consumers to buy WP8. And BlackBerry ought to be doing exacgtly the same thing with its BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) IM offering. So when we saw there was a new update for BBM for Android, we got quite excited here at GoMo Towers. To no avail because all the latest versions claims to offer is bug fixes. Which prompted a whole host of reviewers to say the bugs weren’t fixed. Worse still there is no sign of the BBM for Windows Phone yet. Continue reading

shangri-la-hotel Your chance to spend time in Shangri-La via Casual Connect

The place to be for anyone in video gaming sector

Good news for those in the video games industry is that the Casual Connect Asia show is returning to Singapore between May 20th – 22nd this year [ 2014]. The show is taking place in Singapore’s famous Shangri-La Hotel. The hotel is regarded as one of Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotels and it is located in the heart of Singapore’s busiest entertainment and shopping district, Orchard Road. The organisers, the Casual Games Association, tell us that rooms in the Shangri-La Hotel can be had for $280 a night. It’s your chance to mingle with the top developers; publishers; distributors; and others involved in the video gaming industry in delightful surroundings. Continue reading