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Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 17, 2013

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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Alcatel-Lucent has formed a partnership with SK Broadband to build South Korea’s first packet transport network, addressing the high-bandwidth data needs of South Korean enterprises.  Read Original Content

Competing with Amazon.com, Japan’s Rakuten has now taken over Buy.com in an attempt to recreate the success it has experienced in Japan where nearly 60 percent of the population are members.  Read Original Content

According to the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association and a Deloitte Access Economics report, the increase in mobile technologies will result in an estimated productivity benefit to the Australian economy of AUD 11.8 billion for 2012-2025.  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.

The Frog Virtual Learning Platform, utilizing 4G Internet connectivity, is being implemented in over 10,000 schools in Malaysia.  Read Original Content

Adobe has launched the Education Store for students and teachers in Singapore, providing discounted prices for its software.  Read Original Content
Taiwan’s Polytron Technologies claims the next look for smartphones will be transparent glass, specially designed to contain almost invisible wiring.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce is flourishing in the Asia Pacific market as retailers are adopting it much more rapidly than those in other markets.  PayPal predicts mobile commerce in Singapore alone will reach $2.4 billion by the end of 2015.  Read Original Content

The governments of Australia and New Zealand plan to regulate high mobile roaming rates.  Regulators in both countries will be able to apply price caps on individual telecomm companies without needing to limit charges for all providers.  Read Original Content

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5 in China didn’t do much to help Apple’s smartphone market share, which grew little in the country during the last quarter of 2012.  According to research firm Canalys, Apple’s smartphone market share in China rose to 8.5 percent in the fourth quarter, an increase of 0.5 percent from the previous quarter.  Read Original Content

South Korea’s BD Card is developing a barcode-based mobile payment service enabling card users with the barcode creation app installed on their smartphones to make payments at off-line stores.  To increase security each barcode created by the app is effective for less than three minutes.  The service is planned for launch in March.  Read Original Content

AirWatch and Vodafone have teamed up with the New Zealand Police on a project to roll out 10,000 smartphones and tablets to frontline staff that will “fundamentally change the way these officers do their jobs”.   Read Original Content and Read More Original Content

Data from GfK Malaysia indicates 823,000 tablet devices were sold in Malaysia in 2012, a growth of 87 percent compared to 2011.  The total worth of the tablet industry in the country during 2012 reached $415 million.  Lower prices have made the devices increasingly affordable to consumers.  Read Original Content

According to Microsoft’s Computing Safety Index, the best score for safety on mobile devices came from Indonesia at 48.7.  Japan and Korea were among the countries deemed the least vigilant about mobile device security.  Read Original Content

Toyota Australia is migrating its workforce to a new enterprise mobility strategy and is developing tailored mobile solutions for specific job roles.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.