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Global Mobile Phone Shipments Reach 362 Million Units

Global mobile phone shipments grew a modest 1 per cent annually to reach 362 million units in the second quarter of 2012, according to research from Strategy Analytics. Samsung was the star performer during the quarter, capturing a record 26 per cent marketshare. Ongoing macroeconomic challenges in mature markets like North America and Western Europe, tighter operator upgrade policies, and shifting consumer tastes were among the key reasons why global mobile phone shipments grew just 1 percent annually to reach 362.0 million units in Q2 2012. Fuelled by surging demand for its Galaxy models, Samsung was the star performer, shipping 93.0 million mobile phones worldwide and capturing a 26 per cent marketshare to solidify its first-place lead. Nokia’s global handset shipments continued to decline, albeit at...

FTI Consulting Appoints Asia Technology Team

Business advisory firm FTI Consulting has launched its Technology practice in Asia and the appointment of a full-service team. The new team will combine resources with the existing Australia Technology practice to offer clients in the region the full range of its electronic discovery services, including computer forensics, investigations and its proprietary Ringtail e-discovery software. The Asia team is led by Hong Kong-based Managing Director Richard Kershaw. He will work closely with David Bowie, a managing director based in Sydney.  

LinkedIn Opens Hong Kong Office

LinkedIn has opened a new office in Hong Kong. Arvind Rajan  (Managing director and Vice President, APAC and Japan, LinkedIn): Hong Kong’s skilled talent base and its reputation as a leading international center of finance and business make it an important market for us, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our footprint in the region at a time when professionals in Hong Kong are placing a growing emphasis on social media. There are already more than 25 million LinkedIn members in Asia Pacific and Japan, says the company. LinkedIn recently launched Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia and Korean editions of its site. The company opened offices in Japan and Singapore last year.

Asia’s Carriers Are Way Ahead In LTE Implementation

In 2002, Asia-Pacific mobile operators lagged behind their North American and European counterparts in terms of service development. Fast forward to the present day and the situation is very different. Out of 110 networks, 10 operators (9%) have commercial 4G LTE networks up and running. Another 58 (53%) either have specific plans to roll out LTE or are conducting trials, says ABI Research. Jake Saunders (Vice president, Forecasting): We estimate total Asia-Pacific mobile capital expenditure to reach $53.3 billion by the end of 2012. 62% is still very much earmarked for radio access network deployment. Other key investment areas include EPC and gateway upgrades to the core network at 9%, as well as improving in-building wireless coverage into dense urban centers at 5.7%. Evidence for this equipment...

Intelsat To Launch 5 New Satellites This Year

Satellite services provider Intelsat has confirmed the 2012 delivery of its Global Mobility Network, the core of which is based on five satellites launching over the next 12 months. Intelsat’s mobility infrastructure will ultimately be comprised of 10 customized Ku-band mobility beams on seven satellites spread around the geostationary belt. Through this effort, Intelsat will become the first satellite operator to offer continuous worldwide broadband coverage on a single fleet to maritime and aeronautical customers, backed by Automatic Beam Switching technology, says the company. The launch of Intelsat 22, currently planned for late March, will kick off Intelsat’s launch year. The satellite will be positioned at 72° East over the Indian Ocean region, joining the previously launched Intelsat 14 and Intelsat 18 satellites with additional...

Nokia Cuts Jobs, Moves Device Assembly To Asia

Nokia has planned changes at its factories in Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico and Salo, Finland. The measures follow a review of smartphone manufacturing operations that Nokia announced last September and aim to increase the company's competitiveness in the diverse global mobile device market. These three factories are planned to focus on smartphone product customization, serving customers mainly in Europe and the Americas. Device assembly is expected to be transferred to Nokia factories in Asia, where the majority of component suppliers are based. "With the planned changes, our factories at Komarom, Reynosa and Salo will continue to play an important role serving our smartphone customers. They give us a unique ability to both provide customization and be more responsive to customer needs," said Niklas Savander, Nokia executive...

Consumers Intend To Buy Fewer Televisions: Accenture Survey

Consumers intend to buy fewer televisions this year and fewer are regularly watching content on them, a new Accenture survey has found. Consumers are rapidly turning to other consumer electronics devices such as smartphones and tablet computers to view media, while also using more online services and downloading applications for various purposes, including entertainment. The survey found that the percentage of consumers watching broadcast or cable TV in a typical week on televisions fell from 71 per cent in 2009 to 48 per cent in 2011. Consistent with this, the percentage of consumers who intend to buy a TV set during the next 12 months declined from 35 per cent in 2010 to 32 per cent in 2011. Smartphones and tablets: The research uncovered soaring growth in...

Saudi Arabia IT Services Markets Growing, Says IDC

The Saudi IT services market has been growing considerably as new initiatives are launched with large IT-based projects. According to market research company IDC, the IT services market in Saudi Arabia grew 13.6 per cent in 2010 alone, largely driven by project-based and support- and installation-based services. "Government organizations are among the largest IT services spenders in the kingdom. The sector has seen investments accelerate through a number of projects aimed to improve economic growth and offer better public services to citizens," says senior analyst Omar Saleem, IT services, IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "These investments will create demand for new IT infrastructure coupled with a wide array of IT services for smooth operation." The oil and gas sector is undeniably a focus area of...

Mobile Worker Population To Reach 1.3 Billion By 2015

By 2015, the world's mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion, representing 37.2 per cent of the total workforce, says International Data Corporation (IDC). Worldwide mobile worker population will increase from just over 1 billion in 2010 to more than 1.3 billion by 2015. The most significant gains will be in the emerging economies of Asia/Pacific thanks to continued, strong economic growth. The Americas on the other hand, will experience a slower growth rate due to a protracted economic recovery and high rates of unemployment. The Americas region, which includes the United States, Canada, and Latin America, will see the number of mobile workers grow from 182.5 million in 2010 to 212.1 million in 2015. North America has the largest number of mobile workers in this...

Smartphone Monetization Platform “Metaps” Secures $4.2 Million Funding

  Techtaffy Newsdesk Tokyo-based Metaps have arranged a private placement financing to raise proceeds of $4.2 million from five firms. The proceeds from this private placement is planned to be used for securing human resources of the Singapore-based, wholly owned subsidiary "Metaps Pte. Ltd.", and also to advance the company's Asia-focused platform business "metaps". The venture capital firms include INTEC IT Capital, Neostella Capital, ngi group, Nippon Venture Capital, and SMBC Venture Capital. Metaps is a company specialized in increasing revenue for smartphone apps. The firm is expanding its business primarily in the Asian smartphone market.  

Apple Should Fall In All Hands: Indian School IPads Controversy

By Sudarshana Banerjee A private school in Mumbai has made the iPad2 mandatory for its roughly 840 students. Podar International is the only school in Mumbai and the eighth in the country to get the Council of International Schools Accreditation. The school sent out a circular earlier during the month informing parents that the school management has decided to introduce iPads in classrooms from the next academic year onwards. Parents can even buy the iPads from the school, which is offering a financing scheme as well. The school’s decision was leaked to the media, and has caused quite an uproar. What causes concern is that the school has offered to sell the iPads to its students, and even though the iPads are not one hundred per...

Huawei To Restrict Operations In Iran

Telecommunications-equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies is restricting its business in Iran voluntarily, despite its business in Iran been in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including those of the UN, US and EU. In an official statement, the company said that it is no longer seeking new customers and limiting its business activities with existing customers due to the increasingly complex situation in Iran. The statement comes in the wake of news that the Iranian authorities were using mobile networks to track dissidents. For communications networks that have been delivered or are under delivery to customers, Huawei says it will continue to provide necessary services to ensure communications for Iran's citizens.  

Liquid Comics Launches Graphic India

Liquid Comics, which owns comic book libraries based on Indian characters by Indian creators, has launched Graphic India, a new digital platform to promote comic books in India. The site features free daily digital comic book chapters, interviews with creators, educational resources for aspiring artists and writers and pop culture film, television and game reviews, among other things. Digital comics featured on the site can be embedded and shared across social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Episodic digital comic books featured for free on the site will include long running international hits such as, “Devi,” created by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur; “Ramayan 3392 AD,” a futuristic story inspired by Ramayana; among other titles.

Genpact To Build China’s First Global “Process Innovation Center”

By Adam E. John Genpact has signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement with the government of Qingdao to foster the globalization of Chinese corporations. Genpact will use its global expertise to assist local enterprises in adapting to an increasingly competitive international market and preparing them to enter the global arena. As part of the agreement, the Qingdao government will facilitate the establishment of partnerships between Genpact and domestic multinational enterprises in order to promote the development of Qingdao’s economy. Genpact’s Qingdao branch will be located in the Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (QDZ). Relevant Qingdao government departments, as well as the development zone’s administrative department, will provide policies that support Genpact in building China’s first domestic global process innovation center. The Qingdao government will also promote the establishment of...

Chinese WI Harper Group Invests $4M In SNS Plus

WI Harper Group, a Chinese early growth and expansion stage venture capital firm has invested $4 million in a co-lead round with Matrix Partners  into SNS Plus, an international publisher and distributor of worldwide games with a focus on the Asian market. The $12.5 million raised by SNS+, a Taiwan based company, is significant as it's an amount that has not been seen in Taiwan's early stage Internet related companies for over a decade. The model here is bridging mainland game studios to the overseas market, and having a channel focus to secure stable money, which SNS+ has already done. SNS+ proprietary technology provides server, bandwidth, specialized tech support centers, and overseas operational experience. As of June 2011, SNS+ has published more than 60 games on...