WeChat’s user base in Indonesia surges 895%

The surge in smartphone usage in Indonesia has fuelled a boom in mobile messaging apps, with the number of WeChat users expanding 895 per cent and WhatsApp users increasing 133 per cent over the past year. Facebook Messenger, increasing 112 …

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India’s RCom cuts prices to match Airtel

India’s Reliance Communications (RCom) has followed Bharti Airtel’s lead and reduced prices of its mobile data services – offering what it says is “true unlimited” plans for INR999 ($16). Airtel announced earlier in the week it was cutting prices of …

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China Mobile looks to rural areas to drive 4G revenue

China Mobile is looking to tap into the country’s rural areas, already with an estimated 400 million subscribers, to expand its mobile broadband revenue by as much as CNY66 billion ($10 billion) over the next three years. The country’s largest …

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

More TV white space magic

Ever wondered who tried to steal your meerkat? Well, worry no longer thanks to the London Zoo, Google and CCTV biz KineSense.…

Numericable-Virgin deal gets green light from French watchdog

Numericable’s acquisition of Virgin Mobile France has been approved by the country’s competition regulator — providing the cable giant allows rivals to lease capacity on its fixed broadband network so they can devise their own fixed-mobile offerings. Numericable signed a deal …

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European Parliament slips Google unbundling into single digital market agenda

European Parliament has approved a motion stressing among other things the need to unbundle search engines from the other commercial services offered by those companies. Though technically non-binding, largely symbolic and heavily criticised, the move seems largely aimed at pressuring the European Commission to investigate the possible breakup of Google. The move was brushed off by some as “political theatre.”

Twitter to tracks users’ apps to improve engagement

Twitter is to start monitoring the apps users have on their smartphones, in order to better target content. Users with Twitter installed on their smartphone, and whose settings allow access to their device, will have the list of apps on …

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IoT, wearables to provide new app opportunity

Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) will provide new opportunities for developers to find success with apps, according to Marcos Sanchez, VP of global corporate communications for analytics firm App Annie (pictured). Speaking to Mobile World Live, Sanchez said …

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Europe urges telecoms single market €260 billion opportunity

European Commission (EC) VP Andrus Ansip has said creating a digital single market across the 28 EU member states will benefit Europe by €260 billion a year, “potentially more”, as he put it. He claimed it is vital, and crucially depends on forming a telecoms single market first as a basis.