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India and Asia Pacific

startmeApp_latam Mobile ad network StartMeApp grows across Americas

Latin America’s finest also shows impressive rise in iOS impressions

Claiming to be Latin America’s largest mobile ad network, StartMeApp has showed how it can extend its reach outside the Latin American (Latam) region and into North America as well as other global markets. The company has just issued its Q3 [2013] report which shows that it achieved an impressive 8.6 billion monthly impressions across the LatAm region. However, the company has also seen a 63 per cent rise in impressions across North America – reaching 2.95 billion monthly impressions during Q3. Part of this success is due to a surge in monthly impressions across all markets for Apple’s iOS users. They rose 5 per cent in North America; 4 per cent in Europe 3 per cent in Asia-Pacific and 2 per cent in Latin America. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Apple is targeting India & China for further sales growth

It might be doing better than some Western observers imagine

Last month [September 2013],  Apple announced its latest iPhone 5s and  iPhone 5c models. Whilst Apple might be a power-player in countries like the USA and UK, it has yet to make a serious mark in China and India. That might all change soon writes our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik. For example, Apple has introduced easy financing schemes in India and consumers in BRIC countries still aspire to own an iPhone 5c. Apple ‘s CEO, Tim Cook, also visited China numerous times this year [2013] to check on the working conditions in the factories that make ‘iDevices’, as well as meeting with state officials. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight Mobile web available on first Asian based airline

Singapore Airlines & AeroMobile tie-up allows data but no voice

Here at GoMo News Towers we have never really believed that cellular phones actually interfered with the navigation systems on an aircraft. We think the ban had more to do with mobile network operators (MNOs) not knowing how to deal with voice calls and airlines not knowing how to charge for such a service. Well, here’s an excellent example of how the problems have been solved. Singapore Airlines (SIA)  has just become the the first Asia-based airline to roll out AeroMobile connectivity. The system has enabled passengers on SIA’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER to use their own mobile phones to text and browse the internet at 30,000 feet. Continue reading

stuff - veremis Guest Post: Exposing global attitudes to mobile marketing

by Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream

As smartphone usage continues to grow at an exponential rate, reaching global consumers via their devices is becoming increasingly important for major brands and businesses. While this is somewhat commonplace in the West & North America, sights are now set on the emerging markets, where the number of mobile connexions is expected to make a significant leap over the next few years. In fact, by 2017 Ovum expects China, India, and Indonesia, to have 3 billion mobile connexions between them. here i’m going to discuss why I think that mobile is such an integral marketing channel in developing regions. Continue reading

lukies Monitise enhances BBM Money service with new bill payments and cardless cash withdrawal features

Integrated BB Messenger ‘chat’ payments service adds new functionalities for all BlackBerry users in Indonesia

Press release

September 24th 2013. Global Mobile Money experts Monitise plc (LSE: MONI.L) has announced that its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) peer-to-peer (P2P) payments service, BBM Money, has been enhanced with new capabilities including a wide range of bill payments, cardless cash withdrawals via ATMs and access via Wi-fi. The added features are designed to further increase the convenience of the BBM Money service launched earlier this year through Monitise’s joint venture with Astra Graphia Information Technology (PT AGIT Monitise Indonesia) in partnership with Indonesian financial institution PT Bank Permata Tbk (PermataBank) and BlackBerry. Continue reading

sygic-galaxy-gps Turn-by-turn Android app from Sygic now free in India

Don’t even need live internet link whilst you drive

A new Android app, Sygic‘s India: GPS Navigation, features turn by turn voice-guided GPS navigation in more than 40 languages, speed limit displays and audio warnings, etc. – all which can be used by India’s 60 million Android users.  The company is now making Sygic India: GPS Navigation available for free. It was previously offered for INR1399 ($27.99). This sophisticated app is powered by map data from MapmyIndia, the provider of up-to-date road maps for all of India. The product utilises off-line maps so that travellers in the region won’t get lost due to poor cellular reception; run up against data caps; or incurring expensive roaming charges. Continue reading

official bbm twitter saysbbm for iphone version available in uae Roll out of BBM for Android & iOS in total chaos

Unreleased Android version to be disabled, iPhone version paused

What a fine mess. BlackBerry has now admitted that prior to the ‘official’ launch of BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. This apparently wreaked havoc. So BlackBerry intends to disable the unreleased Android app. Astonishingly, some 1.1 million Android handsets became active users of BBM in the first eight hours with the unreleased version. Hence the company has paused “the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone.” However, BBM for iPhone had already been released in several countries worldwide before BlackBerry began pausing – one of them being India and the last being the UAE. Continue reading

Melissa_Callo Melissa Callo appointed as head of StartMeApp Philippines

New operations centre in Manila extends 24/7 global mobile advertising reach

Latin America’s leading mobile advertising firm StartMeApp has just opened a new office in Manila, to help extend its global mobile ad network and provide true 24/7 ad optimisation capabilities across all time zones. The aim is to enhance the ability of StartMeApp’s advertising clients to fully maximise their mobile ad campaigns worldwide. Melissa Callo, an experienced professional in the areas of digital and mobile advertising and e-commerce has been appointed Philippines operations manager. Continue reading

whatsapp-compatible nokia x2 - screen reads "what's happening?" New twist in N73 & support for WhatsApp long-running saga

Now WhatsApp runs on some Nokia S40 devices but not on all Indian networks

One of our most read stories ever is ‘Nokia update N73 Software‘ – despite the fact that this news item was written back in 2008. The article has created false hope for N73 owners (particularly those based in India) who are desperately hoping that an OS (system) update will enable this workhorse Symbian smartphone to run the WhatsApp messaging app. It doesn’t fix the problem. For the umpteenth time, can we repeat that the N73 cannot run WhatsApp? We’ve explained why this is in this story … ‘Nokia S60 handsets capable of running WhatsApp‘. Now we’ve had a new twist to this long running saga. One reader has discovered that WhatsApp will indeed run on certain Nokia S40 handsets. Including some that don’t have support for Wi-fi – such as the Nokia X2. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Apple iPhone 5c is NOT just $99 & supports TD-LTE*

Well & truly aimed at emerging markets

With a price tag of just $99 for the 16 GB  model, Apple has well and truly aimed the new iPhone 5c at emerging markets – and China in particular. We can expect to learn which Chinese mobile network operator(s) the Californian-based company has done a deal with tomorrow [September 11th 2013]. However, at just 99 bucks the 5c is well and truly positioned to attack the crucial Asian markets – India included. What puzzles GoMo News is does Tim Cook realise what he’s done? That’s a bargain price for a handset that not only can run the masses of iOS apps – it even runs the very latest version of its OS – iOS 7. Plus, in order to accommodate the Chinese, Apple has created a handset which supports more LTE bands than any other handset worldwide. Continue reading

clear indication of Apple's intention to penetrate Asia 5S & iWatch today – 5C tomorrow looks likely

Apple holding an event in Beijing sparks more rumours

Most observers like us (see here) are fully expecting Apple to announce an entry level iPhone aimed at the Chinese market. The working name for that device is 5C, it seems. Sources have revealed that Apple is, in fact, holding two events. One in the USA [September 10th 2013] and the other in China [September 11th 2013]. An updated 5S could be revealed in the USA and the budget iPhone, a 5C could be revealed in China. But there’s more to just getting the price right for the 5C. Apple needs to look hard at its m-commerce model. It desperately needs direct operator billing. Continue reading

keep an eye on connected TVs - rosewell Lumia 521 is the budget smartphone Windows Phone needed

Goes from nowhere to almost 12% per cent of web traffic in 3 months

Good old has been doing some more data mining recently. This time the company decided to have a look at Nokia mobile devices over the last 8 months and their share of global web traffic. Somewhat unexpectedly the company discovered that Nokia’s Lumia 521 is enjoying a dominant position with an almost 12 per cent share of all mobile web traffic worldwide. This finding has helped to cement the fact that Windows is now the third most popular smartphone operating system used for web browsing across emerging markets (including India). Symbian’s share has just melted away. Continue reading

Apple still very strong for mobile ads Millennial finds

Symbian isn’t quite dead in APAC, though

Millennial Media, the leading independent mobile advertising platform has just released its Mobile Mix Q2 3103 report. It shows that the top players – as you would expect, are Apple and Google. However, Apple continues to significantly dominate advertising over Millennial’s platform. For example, Apple was the leading manufacturer on the platform and had three of the top four mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). Samsung was the second leading manufacturer on our platform and also had three devices in the Top Ten. Millennial didn’t stress this but in the APAC region, Symbian still refuses to die. Continue reading India gets ready for gradual 4G TD-LTE rollout

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 [2014] 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

Redknee_logo Redknee signs new policy management customer to support operator’s network modernisation

Press release

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