Tag Archives: Softbank
But the Eurozone remains lousy
Emerging markets such as India and Turkey continue to show strong service growth, Vodafone revealed today in a second quarter trading update. Revenues from India were were up 16.2 per cent and from Turkey 18.7 per cent, though receipts from Britain and the Eurozone remained weak. Increased competition and a weaker economy were blamed for the UK’s 0.8 per cent decline while conditions in Italy and Spain, respectively down 7.7 per cent and 10 per cent, were said still to be “challenging.” Continue reading
KDDI, Japan’s second largest mobile carrier, is rumoured to have acquired the rights to sell the hotly anticipated iPhone 5 according to a report by the Nikkei newspaper.
Rating: We don’t think so
Now, we have to say, we were more than a tad surprised by the announcement today [September 15th 2011] from InMobi. InMobi has received $200 million from SoftBank and it will be paid in two rounds. One now (September 2011) and the next in April 2012. Well, we have followed InMobi [...]
SoftBank Corp invests $200mn in InMobi
15 September, 2011—LONDON — InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile ad network, and SOFTBANK Corp, completed a $200 million investment, early this week. The funding will take place in two tranches – $100 million in September 2011 followed by an equivalent tranche in April 2012.
SoftBank joins existing investors Kleiner Perkins [...]
Rating: Connection with Wholesale Applications Community likely
Four Chinese handset manufacturers suddenly get excited about JIL (Joint Innovation Lab) compatibility. Could this have something to do with the earlier announcement that the Wholesale Applications Community is going to be heavily biased towards JIL and OMTP BONDI? Probably. Continue reading
I’ve long been a fan of the Joint Innovation Lab and what it stands for (see below), so I was delighted to see the news today. Four major mobile handset makers have signed on to the organisation, providing a solid base to what was previously a group comprised only of operators. Perhaps most importantly, one of those manufacturers is RIM – meaning that the JIL has also gotten the support of a mobile operating system with a decent and popular app store. Continue reading
We noted at the start of July how NTT DoCoMo had been catching up on rival operator Softbank in terms of new subscriptions. DoCoMo, the Godzilla of the Japanese mobile operators, had been lagging behind the smaller, newer operator for 26 months straight. But a slash-and-burn policy for data charges seems to have brought the bigger company back out on top. Continue reading
NTT DoCoMo has released some details from it’s first quarter finances. The giant Japanese mobile operator says that it’s net profit dropped by 15.1% from the one year ago. NTT DoCoMo blames the slip on increased competition and saturation of its home market. And that competition takes its strongest form in rival operator Softbank – which has reported a net profit increase of 41% Continue reading
In 2005, telecoms company Softbank bought out Vodafone Japan, giving it a foot in the mobile market. Since then NTT DOCOMO, Japans main operator, has been trailing Softbank for new sign-ups. With Softbanks exclusive iPhone deal in Japan, and recent iPhone 3G S launch, you might have expected that to continue. But this month NTT DOCOMO has closed the sign-up gap to within 500 customers. Continue reading
The Japanese cell-phone market is notoriously one of the most saturated in the world. The Japanese government is looking to see what new uses can be made of this, and has approved a research scheme from mobile company Softbank that will use GPS enabled mobiles to simulate the spread of a virulent disease.
The test will [...]
Verizon Wireless has announced it’s become a member of the Joint Innovation Lab. Originally created by China Mobile, Japan’s Softbank and Vodafone, the Innovation Lab exists to push mass-acceptance of mobile tech.
The Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) is mostly focused on creating a standardised widget platform at this point. Early work has been towards a global [...]
Rating: Vodafone, Softbank& China Mobile create the JIL
I was supposed to be participating in a survey covering how UK journalists have interacted with Vodafone. But I dropped out when Vodafone ‘forgot’ to send me the news about the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL).
The JIL is not the first time that Vodafone and China have got together [...]