New players welcome IDA’s steps, but significant barriers remain in Singapore

The proposal by Singapore’s regulator – Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) – last week to significantly lower the barriers to entry for a fourth mobile player as well as ease the path for potential MVNOs to launch services has been met with widespread …

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Big mobile operators need big ideas as well as scale

NEW BLOG: Across Europe and the US, the current wave of operator mergers could be seen as an attempt to create giant international network groups that rival the Chinese model in size. But China’s three national operators are actually a …

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CES Asia: Cars, drones and real-time consumer insight

NEW BLOG: The inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai last week could have easily been mistaken for an auto show, with foreign automakers attracting the largest crowds and premium car brands making the majority of announcements. Audi, Cadillac, …

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Now you see it, now you don’t

Biometric authentication looms large in the summer handset line-up of Japan’s NTT Docomo. With Fujitsu, the operator unveiled what it claimed was the world’s first smartphone with iris recognition. And it also paraded three handsets — two from Samsung and …

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Banks find themselves tongue-tied in conversation with younger users

NEW BLOG: No one likes bankers much these days. But millennials appear to hate them more than the rest of us. And there is plenty of research to prove it. A 2014 survey in the UK by Scratch, a consultancy …

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4G hopefuls already look ahead to Thailand’s next auction

NEW BLOG: Thailand’s long-delayed 4G spectrum auctions finally look like they are set to move ahead at the end of the year despite calls from various agencies to push the sale back to give the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission …

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Why Japan Post is the poster child for struggling postal services

NEW BLOG: Japan Post Group is breaking new ground far beyond mail delivery by tapping into its key asset – its ability to cover the “last mile” to virtually every citizen. It recently announced it is leveraging its nationwide infrastructure …

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How long can China help fuel Apple’s record profits?

NEW BLOG: Apple reported another staggering profit of $13.6 billion for its fiscal second quarter (January-March 2015), with iPhone sales surging 55 per cent to $40.3 billion as shipments increased 40 per cent. Much of that outstanding growth can be …

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Does Singapore really need a 4th operator?

NEW BLOG: Last week’s news that an SMRT-funding venture is interesting in biding for a fourth mobile licence next year has raised an important question for would-be mobile service providers in the city-state: Can Singapore support a fourth network operator? …

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