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BlackBerry - Introduces Mobile Advertising Platform

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

China Mobile has become the world’s first mobile operator to pass the 500 million subscriber mark.

The Chinese carrier yesterday said it had added 5.26 million new customers in August to take its total to 502.94 million.
The world’s largest operator by customer numbers, it continues to dominate growth in the mainland market, capturing 65% of all new mobile subscribers for the month.
However, growth is sluggish for its TD-SCDMA network, which attracted just 239,000 new customers. It now has 1.33 million customers on the network.
China Mobile’s most aggressive competitor is newcomer China Telecom, which added 2.08 million new cdma2000 subs to take its total to 43.81 million.
GSM provider China Unicom clocked up just 807,000 new customers to take its tally to 141.86 million.
Source: Telecom Asia

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mobile VAS not attractively priced in Middle East & Africa

Telecom operators in the Middle East and Africa find mobile value-added services (VAS) difficult and expensive to deploy, and offer unattractive and costly content to customers, said analysts.
Mobile VAS are one of the main drivers of revenue for telecom providers globally.
Mobile VAS are value- based data services such as music, movies, mobile TV, news and images among others. Customers have to pay separately for such services, charges for which are still high in the region compared to other markets.
Analysts said operators in the region can increase average revenue per user (Arpu) by focusing on content rather than voice services.
Tom Elliot, Director in emerging markets communications strategies at research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics, said: “In most markets in the region, operators have a sharply declining Arpu from voice services. This problem is particularly acute in developing countries where new subscriptions are increasingly coming from poor and rural areas, where consumers simply have less to spend on mobile services.
“Therefore, operators look to VAS as a way to increase revenues at least from a subset of their customers and partially offset declining voice Arpu. And to some extent, this strategy seems to be working. For example, Safaricom in Kenya [which offers the M-Pesa mobile money transfer service], saw its voice Arpu drop by 23 per cent between Q1 2008 and Q1 2009; during the same period, its data Arpu increased by 59 per cent.”
The market for mobile VAS in the Middle East is not as developed due to a lack of attractive and reasonably priced offerings from operators. Matthew Reed, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media, said: “There are some signs of positive change, such as Zain’s digital entertainment content service that the operator launched with Rotana earlier this year. In some parts of the Middle East, such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the prospects for certain types of VAS are limited by the fact that there are no 3G networks as yet. However, the first commercial DVB-H mobile broadcast TV service in the Middle East was launched in Iraq earlier this year by Mobision.”
Services based on news, entertainment and religious content offer growth prospects in the region if operators can develop the right products at the right price.
There is potential for mobile-money-transfer and mobile banking services in the region, particularly in areas or among communities that have limited access to conventional financial services.
UAE telecom operator etisalat had recently announced interests in mobile money transfer and will be making announcements in this area.
“Clearly, the VAS situation will vary greatly from country to country within the region, with developed countries typically showing more usage of VAS than less developed ones. That said, even in the emerging markets of Africa there is selective interest in some VAS, notably mobile banking and funds transfer services such as M-Pesa in Kenya,” said Elliot.
Demand for voice and basic SMS services are growing strongly in the region, as they have in the past few years, said analysts.
Shailendra Pandey, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media, said: “Operators have not been too concerned about mobile VAS that might be difficult and expensive to deploy and seems to offer little return. Another important limiting factor is the high price of mobile content services. Middle East operators typically impose high data charges, and consequently content services are expensive, which discourages customers from using them.”
Pandey said most of the operators in the region have mobile content offerings, but they are on the whole very similar “walled garden” WAP (wireless access protocol) portals populated with aggregated content.
A walled garden is an environment that controls the user’s access to web content and services. In effect, the walled garden directs the user’s navigation within particular areas, to allow access to a selection of material, or prevent access to other material. An internet service provider (ISP) may or may not allow users to select some of the websites contained or barred from the garden.
It has been described essentially as the model established by an earlier generation of European operators. The content portals include Batelco’s O, etisalat’s Weyak, Mobily’s Elhawa and Q-Tel’s Mozaic. The content categories are typically games, music, news, religious content and sports. The content formats include text, graphics, video, ring tones and SMS/MMS alerts.
The number of people using mobile music services in the Middle East is low, and the revenues from these services are low too.
Ring tones represent the biggest segment of the Middle East mobile music market in terms of users and revenues. Full-track downloads and music streaming are still very small businesses.
However, analysts from Informa Telecoms & Media believe that the limited development of the mobile VAS market in the Middle East could be set to change. As voice markets mature and mobile penetration is already very high in most of the GCC states, operators might begin to look more seriously at VAS to differentiate and maintain growth. And the rapid growth in mobile broadband subscription numbers in some countries in the region, notably Saudi Arabia, has shown that there is demand for data services.
If operators are able to take a good share of the services, the total mobile media market to handsets (excluding person to person SMS and MMS messaging) will grow at 27 per cent CAGR in Middle East and Africa, versus 21 per cent in North America, 14 per cent in Western Europe between 2008 and 2014.
Nitesh Patel, senior analyst-global wireless practice at Strategy Analytics said: “Operators will take 100 per cent of the associated transport revenues for all VAS, and also take up to 50 per cent share of content revenues generated by the sale of third party content through its portal. Importantly, with fixed internet penetration relatively lower in Middle East and Africa.”

Friday, September 11, 2009

‘Mobisodes-On-Demand’ to light-up 3G mobiles

MoVi, Mumbai-based made-for-mobile content fountainhead, has teamed up with Dallas-based telecom convergent solutions provider, Corpus, to launch a bouquet of video-on-demand unicast for the broadband 3G mobile user. MoVi plans to launch its Mobisodic journey initially across 7 leading Asian Mobile markets along with Corpus’s expertise in VAS and support solutions while the joint offering will be scaled up globally.
“The proposed MoVi-Corpus joint portfolio for the 3G media platform is a premium mix of video-on-demand and value added services, world’s first that stands to benefit all of the creators, operators and consumers in the digital value chain of convergence,” says Amit Dev, Co-founder,’ Third Generation Mobile Pvt. Ltd,’ the holding company of MoVi brand.
They are intended to give Mobile operators the value-added opportunity to increase the critical ARPU [Average Revenue Per User], while loyalty coupons attached in the mobisodes serve to retain customers on the mobile operators’ network, thus reducing the dreaded churn factor.
As the mobile consumption is rapidly evolving, mobisodes seek to bring the next big growth wave in the telecom industry, as they are made available ‘On¬demand’ instead of the conventional broadcast platform.
“This joint package truly leverages all the essential skillsets and learning by our experts for tailor-made solution strategy to match mobile media advertisers with specific client needs,” adds Sachin Tummala, co-founder of Corpus Media Labs.
Original 300-second duration mobisodes are custom-produced for consumption by customers over an icon based interactive application enabling them to pull content of their liking. Says Amit Dev, “With the new Mobisodic content revolution, we bring the creative best of India to the rest of the world, so for our subscribers, Anytime is Prime time!”.
Meta-tags on video clips enable mobile consumers, for example, to select through options to buy the original video DVD or the soundtrack or later even to book tickets for films. Contests enable them to cash in on special offers at select restaurants or the affiliated coffee shops; while planned country specific cross-promotional tie-ups could prompt the subscriber viewing a video recipe to buy packaged ingredients from Mail-order, at their door-step.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Upcoming Event: MobileTV Middle East, Dubai 15th-16th Nov, 2009

Mobile TV Middle East
15 – 16 November 2009, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Mobile TV Middle East will bring together key thought-leaders from across the sector to demonstrate how to capitalise on this opportunity and how to take Mobile TV forward into 2010.
Now in its third year, and co-located with the IPTV World Forum Middle East & Africa event, Mobile TV Middle East 2009 will focus on the specific regional challenges and opportunities being faced by Companies working within this fast-paced market.
The 2009 programme brings keynote speakers from major operators, device brands, content publishers and regulators to establish how Mobile TV can continue to move forward and generate a sustainable and long term revenue stream for the ecosystem.
WirelessDuniya is one of the official Media Partner for the event.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Nimbuzz launches Android application

android-logo Nimbuzz has announced the launch of an Android application for it’s mobile social messaging service. The free app for Android comes after the updated iPhone 3.0 release in mid-July.
What does Nimbuzz do?
It’s a mobile messaging hub, combining a lot of different services in one application. Nimbuzz mainly focuses on Instant Messaging, geo-presence, and VoIP. Through the Nimbuzz “buddy list”, you can see if your friends are available to talk, what service they are available over, and where they are. It acts as a hub for quite a few existing services, including Skype, Google Talk, AIM, Facebook and MySpace.
Whats unique about Android app?
Unique to the Android app is a “local social network” feature. What it means is that Nimbuzz users in non-English speaking countries will have access to their most popular national networks. The examples given were Hyves in the Netherlands, StudiVZ from Germany, Gadu-Gadu from Poland, and Giovani from Italy. The Nimbuzz blog also claims that Skype IM is a unique feature to the Android version, with other versions only using the VoIP part of Skype.
Another cool new feature is a “time-sensitive” click. If you touch a friends contact in the app, it opens their profile. But if you touch and hold, it starts a chat.

The new Nokia N900: Computer-grade performance in a handset

The Nokia N900 runs on the Linux-based Maemo software that Nokia has been working on for several years, and marks the third operating system that the company has said it will support—just in the past week. It was only on Monday that Nokia announced the 10-inch “Booklet 3G,” a netbook running Microsoft Windows. The company also says it also remains committed to the Symbian OS for its smartphones, although analysts are starting to wonder if Maemo could eventually replace it.
In the N900 press release, Nokia has an analyst explain the difference between Maemo and Symbian. Jonathan Arber, IDC’s Senior Research Analyst, said: “Just as Nokia continues to expand and diversify its device portfolio, so it is deploying multiple platforms to allow it to serve different purposes and address different markets. While we have seen continued growth in Symbian as a smartphone platform, Maemo enables Nokia to deliver new mobile computing experiences based on open-source technology that has strong ties with desktop platforms.”
Nokia said the N900 will be available in some markets starting in October with an estimated retail price of EUR 500 ($712) excluding sales taxes and subsidies. The announcement today is just a preview of the device, which will be on display at Nokia World in Stuttgart, Germany Sept. 2.
More specs: The device comes with a browser, powered by Mozilla; full Adobe Flash 9.4 support; a full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard; Nokia’s Messaging service, which allows up to 10 email accounts; 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card; and 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service enables financial management and payments from a mobile phone

Nokia today introduced Nokia Money, a new mobile financial service offering consumers with mobile device access to basic financial services. For many consumers, this will be the first time they have had any access to such financial services.
Nokia Money has been designed to be as simple and convenient as making a voice call or sending an SMS. It will enable consumers to send money to another person just by using the person’s mobile phone number, as well as to pay merchants for goods and services, pay their utility bills, or recharge their prepaid SIM cards (SIM top-up). The services can be accessed 24 hours a day from anywhere, meaning savings in travel costs and time. Nokia is building a wide network of Nokia Money agents, where consumers can deposit money in or withdraw cash from their accounts.
4 billion mobile phones but only 1.6 billion bank accounts
“We believe mobile financial services offer a market opportunity with long term growth potential. In many countries, mobile phone ownership significantly exceeds bank account usage, suggesting that many mobile phone users have very limited or no access to basic financial services. With more than 4 billion mobile phone users and only 1.6 billion bank accounts, global demand for access to financial services presents a strong opportunity to combine mobile devices with simple but powerful financial services such as Nokia Money”, said Mary McDowell, EVP and Chief Development Officer, Nokia.
Mobile payments will be the next step for delivering financial services to hundreds of millions of people, both urban and rural, who are underserved by existing payment means, especially in emerging economies.
“Rural consumers will particularly benefit from money transfers and, for urban consumers used to online services, we are enabling services such as payment of utility bills, purchase of train and movie tickets, top-ups, all through their mobile phones. Nokia Money is simple to use, secure and available across different operator networks and on virtually any mobile phone. This means millions of new consumers will soon be able to manage all their financial needs from their mobile phone”, said Teppo Paavola, VP and Head of Corporate Business Development, Nokia.
Building a new ecosystem for mobile payments
The Nokia Money service will be operated in cooperation with Obopay, a leader in developing global mobile payment solutions, which Nokia invested in earlier this year. The service is based on Obopay’s mobile payment platform, with unique and newly developed mobile elements. Nokia intends the service to be open and interoperable with other payment services as well.
“Obopay shares Nokia’s vision for bringing mobile financial services to millions of people worldwide. We’re excited that Nokia has chosen Obopay’s platform. Nokia’s leading market position, strong brand recognition and global distribution channel, using the Obopay platform with uniquely developed mobile elements, means the Nokia Money service is well positioned to bring the next generation of mobile payment services to the world,” said Carol Realini, Founder and CEO of Obopay.
Nokia Money is the result of a powerful collaboration Nokia is forging between different partners in different markets around the world. It is designed to work in partnership with mobile network operators and financial institutions, involving distributors and merchants in a dynamic ecosystem to seamlessly provide the new services.
“As a result of the innovative partnerships and comprehensive ecosystem we are forging with the banking and financial industry, as well as leading network operators, we believe Nokia Money will bring financial inclusion to many who currently have limited or no access to financial services. Uniting the strengths of the mobile and financial services industries will change the way people around the world can manage their money in the future”, added McDowell.
“Mobile financial services present a high growth sector for Nokia. Nokia’s asset strengths, including consumer brand awareness, distribution capabilities and global relationships should serve as logical and necessary extensions to drive innovation in the mobile payments and banking sector. To be successful Nokia must provide a legitimate bridge between operators, banks networks and security infrastructure in order to unlock the broad uptake of mobile financial services,” said Bob Egan, Global Head of Research and Chief Analyst, Towergroup.
The Nokia Money service will be shown for the first time at Nokia World on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany, and it is planned to be rolled out gradually to selected markets, beginning in early 2010.


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