The Hanoitimes - OTT (over the top) firms fear they will be at a disadvantage if they have to work with mobile network operators to provide services. VNN/Hanoitimes … [Read more...] about OTT service providers reluctant to work with mobile-network operators
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Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership with local mobile phone provider Tigo, but the aim is to push the application across the region. The tools offered by the service provide a foundation Colombians can use to "build their own prosperity," Zuckerberg said at a presentation in Bogota with President Juan Manuel Santos. "By giving people these basic tools for free, you're creating an equal playing field," Zuckerberg said, referring to entrepreneurs … [Read more...] about Facebook launches mobile app offering free Internet in Colombia
The growing popularity of smartphones has also encouraged scores of Vietnamese to try out new financial services to replace traditional banking transactions. Momo, the first and only mobile wallet service in Vietnam, said its number of users has hit one million. It was launched by M-Service JSC in June last year. Local media reported that many new users started installing the app two weeks ago. The company said in a statement on its website that the app has been in the top 10 of both Apple's App Store and Google Play since. The app allows its users to transfer and receive funds and pay for a wide range of services. Users can cash out their electronic credits at MoMo agents around the country. At least two banks, Vietcombank and Standard Chartered Vietnam, have reportedly partnered with the country. It remains to be seen whether the trend will catch on among a larger group of the population, which is becoming much more tech-savvy and having a larger disposable income than their … [Read more...] about 1 million Vietnamese have used mobile wallet service, claims company
VietNamNet Bridge – More and more information technology (IT) firms rush to make mobile applications in the context of the increasingly high number of smart phone users. Venture funds have also made heavy investment in the promising sector. Huynh Ngoc Hung, former Director of Nava.vn, belonging to NCT Corporation, said he plans to set up a business of his own in October 2012 which would specialize in making mobile apps for online shopping Nguyen Van Tuan, a senior executive of VC Corp, also said that the company is seeking suitable candidates for the mobile application development division, though it did not focus on the sector before. “VC Corp plans to recruit 25 engineers, while it has found 20 only. We hope to launch an application allowing to read newspaper on smart phones, which is quite different from the apps of the same kind now available on the market,” Tuan said. Besides, VC Corp would also focus on making apps for e-commerce and bring the company’s … [Read more...] about Venture funds pour money into mobile app development firms
VietNamNet Bridge - The biggest rivals of domestic mobile network operators are not other domestic mobile network operators but are rather cross-border multi-service providers who will be their most formidable rivals. The Vietnamese mobile telecom market recently has witnessed a series of important events. The military telco Viettel has been intensifying its outward investment while launching a many other non-voice and non-SMS services in the domestic market. Meanwhile, VMS MobiFone has left VNPT to become MobiFone Corporation which provides multi-services. The restructuring of VNPT Group has completed, after which VNPT-Vinaphone will provide many other types of services together with traditional services. The costly process of restructuring businesses and the heavy investments in non-voice and non-text services, according to analysts, show the strong determination to deploy new business strategy. They said that in fact, Vietnamese telecom groups have no other choice than … [Read more...] about Mobile networks operators or service providers?