Indonesia Dealbook : Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 to be produced locally; Smartfren ties up with Nokia; KompasGramedia joins hands with Brightcove

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  Indonesian sectors of telecom and media saw several new developments with Samsung Electronics Indonesia manufacturing Galaxy Note 5 locally in a bid to fullfill the new in Indonesian legal contnet limit in mobile devices (20 per Icent). Local operator PT Smartfren Telecom Tbk (FREN) has joined hands with Finland’s Nokia to… Read more »

China’s smartphone player Gionee to invest $50m to make handsets in India

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Chinese smartphone vendor Gionee on Friday said it had tied up with Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group and Dixon Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd to start manufacturing mobile devices in India. It plans to invest $50 million (Rs330 crore) over the next three years. “India market is second home market to Gionee… Read more »


Mobile advertising platform Mobvista to invest $100m in India by 2018

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Global mobile advertising and game publishing company Mobvista International Technology Ltd is planning to invest as much as $100 million in its India business by 2018 with an eye on the boom in e-commerce and ad-tech space, said a report on Livemint.com. The company which counts Flipkart, PayTM, OLX, Jabong,… Read more »


China’s Cheetah Mobile bets big on India, to invest in early stage tech startups

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Chinese phone app maker Cheetah Mobile Inc is looking to invest in tech start-ups, hire talent and expand its partner ecosystem in India, the company said on Thursday. The Beijing-based firm, which is ranked the third-largest mobile utility application developer in India behind Facebook Inc. and Google Inc., has joined… Read more »


PayPal expands seller protection policy in Southeast Asia

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PayPal, the global leader in payments, announced that it will be making a significant expansion to its seller protection policy in six markets in Asia — Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Also Read: Peer-to-peer mobile payment app Xendit lauches ops in Indonesia The company said the expanded protection… Read more »


India: Stage set for telecom consolidation, spectrum trading to benefit telecom firms

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India’s Union cabinet on Wednesday approved rules that will allow telecom operators to buy and sell unused spectrum among themselves, a move that may spur consolidation in India’s fragmented telecom industry and also help improve service quality by reducing the number of dropped calls. The new rules will allow operators… Read more »


India left out in Apple’s iPhone 6S launch

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It’s September and time for Apple’s new products. From a whole new iPad Pro to the shiny new iPhone 6S and iOS9, the company made a splash yet again. While most features of the new iPhone are similar to the iPhone 6, the new 3D touch interface is a clear… Read more »


Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica join forces for startups

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Leading international mobile phone operators – Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica  –  have joined forces in an ambitious attempt to bridge and promote  the start-up ecosystems across Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. This initiative will be led by the innovation and investment arms of… Read more »


India: Airtel bets on music curation app to drive data usage

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A year ago, listening to a song people raved about on Facebook, or that tune stuck in one’s head, was almost impossible if it hadn’t already been preloaded on an mp3 player or phone, or without access to a music-streaming app. For Bharti Airtel Ltd, the solution was to come… Read more »


Baidu to boost spending on India, Indonesia as mobile sales boom

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Baidu Inc. plans to boost investments in India and Indonesia as China’s largest Web search provider tries for a greater presence on smartphones. “They have a lot of characteristics that mimic China’s development,” Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Li said during an interview in Beijing on Monday. “There is no legacy… Read more »