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Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of November 11, 2012

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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The use of mobile phones in Bangladesh is rising rapidly, with 100 million users out of a population of 153 million, but only 25 percent of cell phone users have access to the Internet.  Read Original Content

China Mobile has announced it will introduce commercial NFC services in 12 Chinese provinces in February 2013 and plans to expand to fifty cities later in the year. The company expects to sell 10 million NFC phones in 2013.  Read Original Content

South Asia’s MoMagic Technologies and Symphony Mobiles of Bangladesh have formed a partnership, MoMagic Bangladesh, to target India’s growing value added services market.  Read Original Content

Antenna Software provides a complete cloud-based enterprise mobility suite that enables both IT pros and business executives alike to create and manage mobile apps, websites and content across the entire business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Antenna Software.

Microsoft India recently hosted a special event in New Delhi to offer a preview of the upcoming Windows 8 phones, indicating the handsets on display, the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, Samsung Ativ S and HTC’s WP8S and WP8X, should reach India’s retail market within the next few weeks.  Read Original Content

Luxury mobile phone maker Vertu has opened its first store in India in New Delhi and has plans to expand to other cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.  Read Original Content

Bharti Airtel has opened a “network experience center” to monitor its services across India and South Asia from a single location.  Read Original Content


Australia’s Telstra has launched the Telstra 4G Tablet, designed to cater to “tech-minded Australian families”.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, smartphone adoption in New Zealand has risen dramatically, from 13 percent to 44 percent of the country’s households in one year.  The study found the most popular activities on smartphones were Internet banking and emailing.  Read Original Content

According to Opera’s recently released Mobile Web report, the top 10 visited categories by Indian mobile users in order of popularity are news portals, e-commerce, social networking, education, travel, search, cricket, download portals, job portal, and government websites.  Read Original Content

In cooperation with smartphone makers, the South Korean government is considering a ban on mobile applications that disable the shutter noise from smartphone cameras to prevent misuse.  Read Original Content

India’s Intex Technologies has launched its third smartphone model, the Intex AQUA 3.2.  Read Original Content

UBM TechWeb will host 4G World India, a conference and expo covering the entire ecosystem of next-generation 4G mobile broadband technologies in India.  The event will take place April 25 and 26, 2013, in Delhi.  Read Original Content

A new display technology under development at the Tokyo University of Technology would enable users to place smartphones or tablets next to each other and by using a "pinch" motion, link the displays to create one larger screen.  Read Original Content

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research has unveiled one of the world’s thinnest hard disk drives, which could be fitted into tablets and other handheld devices to allow storage capacities of up to 1 terabyte and extend battery life by 30 percent.  Read Original Content

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank plans to develop an innovative mobile phone-based payment platform which will utilize NFC technology to enable customers to make purchases through credit card accounts by tapping NFC-enabled mobile phones at payment terminals equipped with contractless readers.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware.

According to a survey commissioned by IT service provider Avanade, 68 percent of respondents in Singapore reported the majority of their employees use tablets for enterprise apps such as customer relationship management, project management and data analysis.  Read Original Content

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has issued a preliminary report indicating 59.17 billion calls were made from cell phones in the 12 months to April 1, 2012.  Read Original Content

Microsoft Japan and NTT Docomo have formed a partnership to combine Windows 8 tablet devices and NTT Docomo’s high-speed LTE mobile service for corporate users in Japan.  Read Original Content

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