Special report from our Indian correspondent
India is becoming one of the key mobile phone markets worldwide in terms of year-on-year growth, and with the imminent arrival of 4G networks in the country, that will be even more the case more so from next year  on.
The Indian government is currently auctioning 4G licenses, and it is estimated that by the end of 2013 a total of 13 cities will be covered by 4G networks. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs] awarded with the licenses will offer services on the TD-LTE (time division–long term evolution) standard over LTE band 40 (2300 MHz). The number of TD-LTE ready handsets available to Indian consumers is, however, surprisingly low. Continue reading
August 28th 2013. Redknee Solutions (TSX: RKN), a leading provider of business-critical billing and charging software and solutions for communications service providers, is pleased to announce that an anonymous operator based in the APAC region has deployed the latest release of Redknee’s Policy Management solution. Redknee’s Policy Management solution is a critical investment for the operator as it completes the modernisation of its network and prepares to launch TD-LTE services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), multi-media and interactive games. Continue reading
Microsoft now has Nokia’s licensing deal with Qualcomm to play with
Oh, the power of the Press! Only nine days after GoMo News wrote this, ‘Plea to Ballmer – can you take Elop back please?‘, he has obliged. Elop is now going back to Microsoft as an executive vp for Nokia Devices & Service. If you remembered what Microsoft did to Brit handset manufacturer, Sendo, you’d have known that this was on the cards. Elop has done his job of depressing the price of Nokia’s shares and Microsoft has got the former No: 1 handset maker at a bargain $7.17 billion. Probably the most important part of the deal from Microsoft’s perspective is it acquires Nokia’s existing arrangements with chip maker, Qualcomm. No more reliance on Intel. Continue reading
Vodafone investors can expect to receive one of the biggest ever payouts in corporate history following the operator’s sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless.
A massive 71 per cent of the proceeds are expected to be handed back in cash and shares, equating to around $84 billion.
“This is a very substantial return to individual shareholders and investment funds that are relied upon by savers and pensioners in the UK, US and internationally, rewarding our investors for their long-term support.” said Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao yesterday (2nd August 2013), after the deal was apparently settled with a simple handshake at a hotel.
Under the terms of the settlement, Vodafone will receive £38 billion in cash, £39 billion in Verizon stock and a further £7.1 billion made up of smaller transactions. Continue reading
But can it succeed in India against smartphones with just a featurephone?
The Asha series of featurephones recently got a facelift with the launched of the Nokia Asha 501. The Asha 501 features Nokia’s latest Asha platform which offers a UI that is similar to MeeGo from Nokia N9. Nokia has created a vibrant looking device that is quite distinct from other devices in this price segment. It comes with a lot of additional features and can accommodate two SIMs in its micro-SIM card slots. Continue reading
Apple will also target all sectors like Samsung does says Juniper
Some extremely interesting predictions on the mobile OS front from UK based market research company, Juniper Research. It claims that whilst the dichotomy of Android and iOs will continue to dominate, Asha, Sailfish and HTML 5 based OS will gain traction. These new OS players will achieve a 13 per cent share of the mobile OS market by 2018, Juniper reckons. It also seems to know something about Apple’s forthcoming announcements. It says, “Apple expected to announce a diversification in its product portfolio shortly.” Which has to mean a cost competitive iPhone will be released. Continue reading
Tie up with Intel isn’t hurting the Xolo brand either
Brands like Samsung and Apple are struggling to increase their market share even after handing out attractive financing and 0 per cent EMI options in BRIC countries. New Indian brands aren’t making their job easy either. Of all the Indian smartphone brands which have sprouted recently, Xolo, Micromax and Karbonn have risen to become the Top Three in terms of sales. These brands have grabbed a lot of attention by releasing smartphones that offer excellent value for money whilst being much cheaper than competing international brands. If you were wondering which one of these could achieve a better international status in coming years, Xolo is the brand to look out for. Continue reading
Surprise findings in NetBiscuits’ People’s Web report
There are huge differences in the behaviour of mobile phone users between those in emerging countries where a mobile phone is a tool and in developed nations where it is more of an information device. That’s according to the NetBiscuits’ People’s Web report. Somewhat surprisingly, Brazilians spend longer mobile banking than Indians or South Africans. Here at GoMo News were thought that Africans were the biggest users of mobile banking. Conversely, South Africans are the least aware of new technologies whereas the Chinese is the most aware. We weren’t surprised, however, to discover that the USA is the country most fixated with faster mobile download speeds. Continue reading
Home Office’s Go Home campaign being investigated
Much as e predicted an ad campaign featuring the slogan ‘Go Home’ and asking people to ‘Text Home to 78070′ has being dragged into a racism row. The campaign is being run by the UK government’s Home Office. A Home Office spokesman is quoted by Daily Mirror here as saying, “We can confirm we are in contact with the ASA [Advertising Standards Authority] over this investigation and we will respond in due course.” The newspaper reports that the ASA has received 60 complaints so far. Continue reading
Could become embroiled in illegal immigrants campaign
Whilst the general news media has been focussed on data privacy issues surrounding Facebook and Twitter, the cellular/mobile industry might be sitting on a timebomb surrounding data privacy. The illegal immigrants campaign being run in London [England] by the UK government’s Home Office is a classic case in point. Not only could it embroil the UK MNOs [Mobile Network Operators], it could also drag in SMS service providers such as BCH Digital and information providers like the Mobile Interactive Group. What happens if the government actively pursues “measures” to prove that the campaign is really working? Continue reading
Our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik, assesses the current cituation
It’s been a tough few years for Finnish manufacturer Nokia. The rise of iOS and Android have dented Nokia’s market share to such an extent that it no longer is the Number One handset manufacturer in the world. However, with Windows Phone the manufacturer is looking to regain lost ground. While Microsoft’s mobile OS is good, it cannot hold a candle to the vast ecosystem established by the likes of iOS and Android, who are leading by a mile. Currently Nokia has a licensing deal with Microsoft, but the question remains … “Would Nokia not be better off making Android devices?” Continue reading
July 16th 2013. Smaato, the leading global mobile Real Time Bidding (RTB) ad exchange, has announced that the mobile ad spend transacted through its global RTB platform has hit a $110 million annual run rate this month [July 2013]. This milestone underscores the massive impact of real-time bidding on the revenue growth in the mobile advertising industry. Since the second quarter of this year, Smaato’s monthly revenue transacted by RTB has doubled. Continue reading
Part of million dollar pot of prizes
It appears that the Tech Trailblazers awards have achieved one of their two main goals for 2013 by forming an alliance with China-Axlr8r which claims to be China’s first mentorship-driven seed-funding startup programme. GoMo News is, of course (see here), an official media partner for the second annual Tech Trailblazers awards. One of our tasks is to promote awareness of the awards in China and India. There are eight technology categories focussed on by the Tech Trailblazers with one of them naturally being mobile. Continue reading
Maybe texts will replace them
Video may not have actually killed the radio star but the mobile phone appears to have killed the telegram – in India at least. According to reports, India’s last telegram went out late July 14th . This ended a means of communication which has served millions of Indians for some 163 years. The telegram’s demise has been variously attributed to land telephone lines and email but GoMo News claims it is virtually certain that the mobile phone is to blame. There were some 867 million cellular subscribers in India as of April . Many observers forget that in developing countries such as India, mobile handsets are the chief source of emails, anyway. Continue reading
Returnee rises up in the ranks of Indian VAS reseller
Seeking to bolster its global presence, OnMobile Global, a leading provider of value-added services (VAS) to the mobile sector, has announced the appointment of Sanjay Bhambri as CCO [Chief Comercial Officer]. Although a Bangalore based company, Sanjay will lead teams in emerging markets such as LATAM [Latin America] as well as in Europe and North America. Actually, Sanjay only rejoined OnMobile one year ago as regional vp for emerging markets. Continue reading