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Content Creation On Mobiles In Japan

Japan has long been ahead of the pack when it comes to mobile content, but the rest of the world is catching up with the availability (if no…

Mobile VoIP Not A Sufficient Business Model

Sometimes it seems that voice is going out of fashion on mobile phones, for example… GigaOM has a look at three mobile VoIP companies — m…

Industry Moves: DoCoMo; Handango; Uclick

— NTT DoCoMo: NTT DoCoMo (NYSE: DCM) is making a bunch of changes to its executive team. Most importantly, Ryuji Yamada will be promoted to…

AdMob Plans Japan Launch

AdMob is planning to start operations in Japan next month, apparently feeling confident in entering a market that is considered years ahead…

Mobile Internet Usage In Japan: Survey

Most Japanese seem to have fairly steady mobile phone usage habits if a self-reported survey is anything to go by. What Japan Thinks reports…

Sony, KDDI Allow Music Sharing On Gadgets

Sony (NYSE: SNE) and KDDI have announced they will let digital music be shared between Sony’s portable and home-use music players and mobile…

DoCoMo Unveils “Body Antenna” Prototype

DoCoMo (NYSE: DCM) has unveiled a prototype handset which uses a sensor made by start-up Kaiser Technology that “sends electric signals thro…

Mobile Books Taking Off In Japan

It’s been quite a while since Deep Love, the first book to be written for a mobile phone and a phenomenal success. The industry is growing,…

The Challenges Facing Mobile TV

Electronics Weekly has a good article on the technical challenges which still face proponents of mobile TV — notwithstanding the challenges…

Smart Delays Mobile TV Due To Absent Regulation

Filipino operator Smart Communications has had to delay the commercial launch of its mobile TV service, due to arrive on August 31st. The re…

Taiwanese Broadcaster Announces DVB-H Trial

Taiwan’s terrestrial broadcaster, Public Television Service Foundation (PTS), will run a trial of DVB-H with three live channels and one mus…

RIP Polyphonic Ringtone Market?

The Music Media Watch newsletter has a bit of a eulogy to the polyphonic ringtone market, from a Japanese perspective but I think it applies…

Google Custom-Brands Mobile Gmail for KDDI

A new small step for Google in its mobile ambitions: it has tied up with KDDI, Japan’s No. 2 mobile operator, to launch an e-mail service ba…

DMB Network Planned For Indonesia

Indonesian electronics company PT Agis, IPTV systems integrator Broadband Network Systems and Toshiba have teamed up to build a nation-wide…

QR Codes In Japanese Visas

One of the conclusions which developed from my last post about Japan is that the big difference between Japan and other countries is not the…

A Quick Peek At Japanese Mobile Stores

I found myself in Tokyo this morning (Editor: Translation: He is in Japan), and thought I’d have a look at the local mobile scene. It’s a ma…

Singapore Operators Share Mobile Video Service

The two smaller mobile operators in Singapore, M1 and Starhub, have announced plans to share MeTV, the user-generated video sharing service…

7.3 Mobile Broadcast TV Handsets In Japan

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) has said that mobile broadcast TV handset shipments in Japan…

Asia To Beat Europe In Mobile TV

Industry executives at Broadcast Asia have predicted that Asia will be Europe when it comes to mobile TV, largely as a result of a greater a…

Buongiorno And Mitsui Form Marketing JV

Italian mobile company Buongiorno and Japanese company Mitsui have formed a joint venture for digital marketing, using the existing subsidia…

Yahoo: Operators Have Nothing To Fear From Us

Yahoo has sought to reassure carriers that it isn’t trying to cut them out of the revenue loop with its mobile content services at the Commu…

Mobile Portals Will Disappear: MobileOne Chief

TelecomAsia has a good interview with Singaporean operator MobileOne chief Neil Montefiore, who says the operator is taking a “throw everyth…

Mobile Music Vs Piracy In Asia

The Music Matters event in Hong Kong raised some points about music in the Asian region, and analyst David Wolf has linked some points toget…

Cameraphone Diet In Japan

Public health insurance offices in the Osaka region in western Japan have launched a trial of a dieting service that allows users (heart pat…

Softbank To Adopt Common Operating System

Softbank Mobile said it will “adopt new software that will make it easier for different manufacturers to make mobile phones for its network”…

Japan Plans Wireless Test Network

The Japanese government plans to set up a “ubiquitous special zone” which will be used to test mobile web applications and see what sort of…

Earnings: Softbank Rev Up, Expenses Too

Tokyo-based Softbank has reported an operating profit of 271.07 billion yen ($2.26 billion) for the year ended March 31, compared to 62.3 bi…

Krishnan In $5 Billion Buy-Out Bid For Maxis

Maxis Communications founder Ananda Krishnan has announced a plan to take the company — Malaysia’s largest mobile operator — private. “Usa…

Ringback Tones Dominate Music In Malaysia

The Star has a piece on music artists releasing ringtones before the corresponding albums and its importance to the industry — some example…

Softbank Mobile’s Flagship Store

Wireless Watch Japan has a piece on Softbank Mobile’s new flagship store in Harajuku, “Tokyo’s mobile youth grand central”. There’s a video…

DoCoMo Offers Flat-Rate Music Service

DoCoMo will launch an all-you-can-eat mobile music download service in May with the launch of handsets with special software, reports Mobile…

Video Phones Fighting Drunk Driving

As an example of how can result in new services, in Japan DoCoMo is selling a breathalyzer that attaches to a mobile phone so that companies…

Mobile Operator DTAC To List On Thai Bourse

Total Access Communication (DTAC), Thailand’s second largest mobile phone operator which is controlled by Norwegian telco Telenor, has said…

Cultive: New Japanese Fund For Mobile Tech

Japanese ISP eAccess has announced plans to start a subsidiary named Cultive which will form a fund to invest in mobile content, mobile tech…

Smart Trials DVB-H In Philippines

Smart Communications has announced a trial broadcast of mobile TV using the DVB-H standard, reports TMCnet via wires. Smart (which had 22.9…

Japanese Mobile Music Sales Increase 33 Percent

Mobile music has dominated the digital music scene in Japan for a while, and that continued in 2006 according to Billboard.biz. It quotes fi…

Softbank Q4 Earnings — Sales Up, Profit Down

The headlines for Japan’s Softbank earnings results are a little confusing, with some saying that profit has tripled and others saying it’s…

Singapore’s Mobile Comics Contest

The Singapore government is supporting mobile comics via its Media Development Authority with Comi Idol — a contest where Singaporeans can…

Napster Launches On KDDI In Japan

Napster has launched its mobile service on KDDI, Japan’s second largest carrier with over 20 million subscribers…it’s already on DoCoMo’s…

KDDI To Launch Child Tracking Mobile Services

Japanese mobile operator KDDI is preparing to introduce a child safety service, the Nikkei Business Daily reports. The details are behind a…

iPhone Barely Ripples Japanese Market

I asked how big a splash the iPhone would make, and the LA Times gives the Japanese reaction, which is barely a ripple. The article points o…

Telecom NZ Drops Music Price

The New Zealand incumbent has joined the ranks of operators who realise the “mobile premium” is a lot less they aimed for…it’s “dropped th…

Filipino Companies Form Marketing Association

Fifteen companies and organizations have teamed up to launch the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (Immap), inten…

Kung-Fu Movie Mobile Make-Over

Hong Kong martial arts movie house Celestial Pictures is making its move into mobile content. As well as the expected mobisodes of classic k…

Vodafone AU Joins Live Mobile TV Gang

Vodafone Australia has started offering live mobile TV feeds, the last of the network operators to do so. “From today, Vodafone customers ha…

MediaFLO Isn’t US-Centric — FLO Forum

“Speaking to telecoms.com at the ITU 2006 conference in Hong Kong this week, MaryBeth Selby, working committee advisory chair board chair at…

Network Ten’s Digital Media Strategy

Australia’s Network Ten will launch a new digital media strategy next year, focusing on “video streaming, downloads and communities surround…

Arab Broadcaster Plans Rich Mobile Content

Dubai-based broadcaster MBC has announced plans to improve and extend the mobile content it offers throughout the Middle East. “New services…

Pan-Arab Mobile TV Network Planned

There have been a couple of stories lately that have me curious. They are about a deal by Vimio to license its technology to the Noutique Ge…

Maxis Adds 11 Mobile TV Channels

Malaysian carrier Maxis Communications has introduced 11 new channels for its 3G mobile television service Maxis TV, as well as a new featur…

Kabul Ringtones

BusinessWeek has an article detailing a day in the life of Eaton Dunkelberger, who operates a ringtone business in Afghanistan. It’s behind…

Malaysian Gov Plans Mobile Content Grants

The Malaysian Government will soon be introducing a grant scheme for mobile content, according to the Minister of Energy, Water and Communic…

DVB-H Trial Launched In Qatar

Qtel is launching a DVB-H trial in Qatar to correspond with the Asian Games (to be held in Doha during the first half of December). The serv…

Japanese Mobile Community Hits 2 Million

Mobagetown (Mobile Game Town), a mobile-only community game site in Japan, has signed up 2 million members since it launched 9 months ago. “…

25M Mobile TV Users In Asia Pac By 2008

AssoDigitale: The e-Media Institute has released a report predicting the number of mobile TV users in the Asia Pacific region. In short:
200…

MySpace/Softbank JV Confirmed

This was brought up yesterday, with Rupert Murdoch acting all coy and saying it could be something he’d discuss when he visited Softbank –…

RealNetworks Q3 Results — WiderThan

RealNetworks has reported its Q3 results, showing record revenue of $93.7 million, up 14 percent over $82.2 million in 3Q05. For detailed co…

The Mobile Network Upgrade Cycle Gamble

There’s an interesting panel discussion here by several representatives of Asian telcos about upgrading the network to an all-IP one, and th…

Mobile TV A Benefit, Not A Threat

John Bigeni, the DVB representative for Asia, told 43rd ABU General Assembly in Beijing that broadcasters should stop looking at mobile TV b…

Excite Japan Signs Content Distribution Deal

Excite Japan (an internet portal) has signed a deal with Media Lead to distribute mobile content throughout the Asia Pacific region…”The i…

Softbank Turns Away Customers

Third-place Japanese telco Softbank had to stop taking customers twice over the weekend, as the rush of people changing carriers now that nu…

CASBAA Launches Mobile TV Group

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has launched the CASBAA Mobile Group to “reate an environment where the regu…

E! Networks Inks Asia Pacific Mobile Deals

E! Entertainment has signed a couple of mobile content deals in Asia Pacific. Australian pay TV company Foxtel will carry E! content on its…

Japanese Telcos Fight With Music, Handsets

With Japan just about to get mobile number portability (finally) the carriers are starting initiatives to prevent their customers jumping sh…

Yahoo! Mobile Debuts In Vietnam

Yahoo is testing the waters in Vietnam…”as local mobile operators MobiFone, VinaPhone and Viettel Mobile enter into an agreement with the…

Asia/Pacific Mobile Music Revenues Soaring

In-Stat has issued a report finding that “from almost nothing five years ago, the mobile music market in Asia/Pacific grew to US$3.3 billion…

Russia’s SkyLink Announces Mobile TV Plans

Russian operator SkyLink has plans to launch a mobile TV broadcasting service to mobile phones in Moscow and St. Petersburg later early in 2…

Index Divestment In Mobliss: 85 Percent

That’s according to a report in Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Index Corp, the Japanese mobile content giant whose forays into US…

Japanese Promote Music With QR Codes

The J@pan Inc Music Media Watch Newsletter has an interesting feature about the increasing use of QR codes to promote music in Japan (QR Cod…

Digi Launches Mobile TV In Malaysia

Malaysian telco DiGi Communications has launched a mobile TV service…D’Channels will launch on Sept 15 for RM14.90 (US$4) per month, with…

Indonesian TV Goes Mobile

Nokia is pushing DVB-H in Indonesia, with an ongoing trial: “SCTV, the television station, broadcasts the programs and MECA transforms these…

Mobile Music Downloads Growth Slowing In Japan

The growth of digital downloads is slowing in Japan, although mobile music is faring better than its PC counterpart, according to the Record…

Style Phones A Growing Trend

Mobile phones based on style rather than technology have been around for a while, but whereas they used to be a curiosity they are now becom…

Mobliss Brings In New Japanese Investors

Mobliss, the Seattle-based mobile content applications firm which is trying to restructure and do a turnaround, has received some new fundin…

Motorola, Softbank Launch WiMAX Trial

Softbank (which recently bought Vodafone) and Motorola are reportedly teaming up to trial WiMax in Japan. “The trial is expected to last fiv…

Japanese Market Booms

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs of Communication has reportedly released figures on the mobile industry in that country, indicatin…

Japan TV Phones Popular But Profits Elusive

Mobile TV is doing OK in Japan…the service, at least — the business model still needs to be hammered out. “Programming is currently the s…

Taipei To Embrace Net Telephones

Taipei has announced plans to launch a city-wide mobile wi-fi service…”Ten companies are pushing a “Taipei Easy Call” initiative which inv…

Mobile TV Scores In Asia

In contrast to our last post, this BBC article quotes Informa Telecoms and Media as saying that “more than 210 million people across the wor…

Asia Pac Alliance For Mobile TV Formed

Here is an alliance formed in Asia Pacific to promote mobile TV based on Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H). Bridge Networks, Indon…

Asia The Biggest Market For Mobile TV

The headline of this article asks whether Asia is the biggest market for mobile TV, but the answer is quite clearly yes — at least in terms…

E! Expands New Media Division

“E! Networks is expanding its new media department, promoting business development director Bill McLean to VP and hiring Adrian Seto, head o…

Kosei Ito Of Square Enix On US Mobile Gaming

Square Enix is entering the US mobile market with some pretty serious games aimed at the hardcore gamer, a different approach to the usual b…

Asia To Get 1 Billion Mobile Users By Year End

The number of mobile phone users throughout Asia is expected to grow by 22% in 2006 to almost one billion subscribers by the end of the year…

More Details on Hong Kong Telecom’s 3G TV

There are some more (or new?) details on the 3G TV service Hong Kong CSL launched a couple of months ago.
“The service launched 20 real-tim…

Opera Mobile On More Japanese Phones

Opera Software has landed its mobile browser on five more handsets for Japan’s KDDI, apparently the nations largest 3G operator. It brings t…

KDDI To Launch Sony Walkman Phone In Japan

When Softbank, which bought Vodafone Japan recently, is in talks with Apple for a iPod phone, another Japanese wireless carrier KDDI Corp is…

Airborne To Go Public in Canada

Updated below: So says this story in Montreal Gazette, which is behind a subscription wall. So if any of you have more details, e-mail me. A…

UPDATE: The Apple/Softbank Team-Up — Denied

I’m getting pretty tired of the speculation surrounding a possible iPhone (the latest being a deluge of articles based on a report in Nikkei…

Yahoo Launches Philippine Site, Plans Mobile

Yahoo has unveiled a Philippine portal, yahoo.com.ph, as well as plans for partnerships with carriers in the country for mobile content. “Th…

Apple, Softbank Plan iPod Phones?

So says Japanese news agency Nikkei, picked up by Reuters (the original story is here on Nikkei website, but behind subscription wall): Japa…

Mobile Pokemon Games In The Works, For Japan

Nintendo has licensed its Pokemon game to Square Enix to develop into mobile games for release in Japan, a move which has surprised the gami…

Singapore Gets Mobile Video

The three major telcos in Singapore now all offer mobile video in one form or another…Mobile One (M1) has teamed up with Media Corp Studio…

Faith, Square Enix, Taito Join For Mobile Music

Faith, Square Enix and Taito have joined forces to create a new company, Brave, which will begin by having a content promotion and distribut…

Banking On Mobile TV

This is a good general article on the moves by carriers around the world to introduce mobile TV, based on the recent MIPTV featuring MILIA t…

Mobile Books Service Launched in Russia

A new mobile books service has been launched in Russia, according to Russian Mobile Content News newsletter (not online)…The service was l…

Asia To Combat Digital Music Piracy

Asia is on a digital music piracy combat mode. Singapore-based Soundbuzz, an online and mobile music distributor, has developed a solution t…

Digital Mobile TV Launched In Japan

Australian IT: Broadcast mobile TV has launched in Japan, under the name one-seg, short for one segment. I can’t find any details of the tec…

Buongiorno Enters Indonesian Market

Buongiorn Vitamanic has signed a strategic deal with Indonesian company Agrakom to sell mobile content to the nation. “Buongiorno will offer…

Text Content

The Beeb has run a story on mobile books and comics in Japan, which is not new, but it’s still going strong. “The books are proving such a h…

Access To Buy IP Fusion

Japanese Based Access has announced it will acquire IP Infusion, a provider of intelligent networking software for enhanced IP services. The…

SM Summit Enters Mobile Content Via Giga Gates

Compact disc manufacturer SM Summit Holdings has entered the mobile content market by buying Giga Gates for RM5 million cash (US$1.35 millio…

Singapore Operators Launch Voluntary Code

Singapore’s three mobile operators — StarHub, SingTel and M1 — have launched a voluntary code of conduct to combat concerns about minors a…

RIAJ: Japanese Downloads Soar In Q4

The Japanese digital music market is distinguished by being inordinately represented by mobile music downloads, but PC downloads made a gain…

Dmobo’s Premium Disney Phone

And while all of this activity on the Disney Mobile side is happening, that doesn’t mean the company will stop what it thinks it does best:…

Terrestrial-DMB Adds Color to Korean Lifestyle

T-DMB seems to be doing well in Korea…”Two mobile service operators LG Telecom and KTF also say that the TV-on-move phone sales are rising…

DoCoMo, Nippon TV Join For Mobile TV

NTT DoCoMo and the Nippon Television Network Corp have agreed to work together to look at introducing mobile digital TV services, with each…

NTT DoCoMo’s Chara-Den Mobile Avatar Service

DoCoMo has chosen SeaStorm to power its Chara-Den avatar feature…
“Mobile users can take photos created by a camera phone and convert them…

South Korea Unveils Mobile Technology Roadmap

The South Korean government wants the country to become a leader in mobile technologies by 2010, and has unveiled the M-1 (Mobile Number One…

South Asian Mobile Music

EMbience — which runs Masttones.com, a site that sells South Asian mobile music around the world — has issued a release about Indian mobil…

5M Mobile Music Downloads Per Day In Japan

According to the latest Mobile Music Japan newsletter from Eurotechnology “5 million music downloads to mobile phones are sold every day in…

World Searching With A Click

GeoVector and Mapion have joined together to launch Mapion Local Search for mobile phones in Japan.
Using computer terminology of “clicking”…

Linktone To Miss Quarter; Acquisition Next?

Things are looking ugly at Chinese mobile content provider Linktone…it pre-announced some numbers for its Q4 earnings ahead of the actual…

Mobile Content Management

Thai developer POPidols has developed a mobile content management system called Symphony, which sounds like it covers all the bases these th…

T-DMB Making Inroads In India

Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication has said it will cooperate with India’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India (T…

What Content Will Japanese Wireless Subs Buy?

There’s some interesting figures here from Tokyo-based online market researcher Info Plant, which recently polled 6,366 Japanese men and wom…

S. Korea, China Sign Pact On Mobile Broadcasting

South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and China’s Beijing Jolon Digital Media Broadcasting have signed “a memo…

China’s Music Downloads To Reach $222 Million

A new report from In-Stat says that by 2008 China’s market for legal online music downloading will reach annual revenue of US$222 million th…

Monstermob To Buy Chinese M Dream

Mobile phone ringtones group Monstermob has agreed to buy M Dream, a Chinese developer of games for mobile phones, for $30m-$35m with an ini…

MonsterMob Makes Inroads Into China

Monstermob is planning a further expansion into China, after being very pleased with its first Chinese acquisition, ATOP: “The group said it…

Mobile Music In China And The UK

Research and Markets has released a couple of reports on mobile music.
China is booming (surprise surprise) and mobile music (full track, I…

Chinese IM Company gets $6 Million Round

That’s according to an SEC filing, picked up by PE Week Wire. MMIM Technologies, a Chinese mobile IM and infor service provider, has raised…

DoCoMo To Pour $300m In PLDT: Report

NTT DoCoMo is set to invest $300 million in Philippine dominant carrier PLDT, according to an AFP report which quoted Philippine President G…

Mobile Broadcast TV — A Research Paper

This research paper on mobile broadcast TV in Asia is interesting, although the mere question of whether it is a “killer app” will raise eye…

The Asia-Pacific Mobile Data Market

Pyramid analyst Jane Buenaventura has put up a piece on the Asia Pacific region, which as she points out “is the global leader in developing…

Hurray To Buy Game Maker For $4.1 million

Chinese company Hurray Holding is continuing to acquire its way into a dominant position in the mobile content market. The latest is a $4.1…

More Mobile TV From Samsung

Samsung is planning mobile phones specifically for watching mobile TV, on the DMB standard. The DMB-T750 has a 7-inch LCD screen, and the DM…

UPDATE: KTF + DoCoMo = ???

DoCoMo, the Japanese mobile giant and inventor of i-mode, is in talks with Korean telco KTF to buy a 10% stake in the company, which is the…

Investigating The Mobile Opportunities In China

China is a booming economy, especially for the mobile market, but Simon Crab from Lateral decided he had to go and see for himself what it w…

MSN Ties With China Unicom For Mobile MSN

MSN has tied up with telco China Unicom in, well, China, to mobilize MSN…mobile IM, etc. Three mobile handset player supplying to CU–Sams…

Local Needs Vs Global Reach

Everyone is aware of Vodafone’s cataclysmic Japanese blunder of selling handsets that were high-end in other markets but sub-par in Japan, a…

Rok Forges Joint Venture In Taiwan

ROK Entertainment has announced a joint venture in Taiwan with Catalyst Logic, in order to market and promote Rok’s mobile TV service as wel…

Korea Launches Terrestrial DMB Service

South Korea has become the first country in the world to launch terrestrial digital broadcasting for mobile phones, laptops and other portab…

Warner Offers Mobile Music Bundles On KDDI

Warner Music has teamed up with Japanese telco KDDI to offer “mobile music bundles”. The bundles — dubbed WAMO packs — focus on a particul…

3GPP Gets $3.7 Million Investment

Chinese WAP portal 3GPP has received a 30 million Yuan (about $3.7 million) venture investment from NewMargin Ventures subsidiary Ceyuan Ven…

WiderThan Files For IPO, As Expected

As we broke the news first in June, WiderThan, the Korean mobile content company (it pioneered ringbacks in Korea and has been expanding in…

UK, Korea to Trial Mobile TV, Radio Tech

UK mobile operator Orange and a number of broadcast and multimedia companies have agreed to work with UK and Korean companies on a comparati…

GPS Game From New Publisher

The mobile game market has plenty of opportunity to create new successful game companies, because the industry is still in the process of wo…

Starcut To Distribute Aardman Content In Asia

Aarman Animations — creator of everyone’s favorite cheese-lover and his dog — has signed up Starcut to deliver its mobile content in the A…

HK Leads The World In Mobile Music Adoption

This article reports that just over half of Hong Kong’s mobile subscribers use MP3 or other digital music players on their mobile handsets d…

How Far Ahead Is Japan?

Russell Beattie came across an interesting survey of Japanese mobile users (the survey can be checked out here, very interesting) which show…

Chinese SMS Novel Sold For $22K

Chinese mobile content firm A Er Ma Communication recently purchased the wireless rights to a 4,200 character SMS novel for 180,000 Yuan (ab…

NBA Video Clips in Japan

National Basketball Association will provide basketball fans in Japan with daily video highlights to their mobile phones, and says this is t…

CHL Gets 3 New Chinese Publishers

E-Mobile Information Technologies has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary CHL Technologies has signed agreements with Business Watch…

CNBC Launches In Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore

“CNBC has signed a three-market (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) distribution agreement to provide a series of specially customised mobil…

Mobile TV Faces Red Tape in Hong Kong

Red tape is threatening to bog down the introduction in Hong Kong of mobile TV services after broadcast regulators say the legal framework m…

200,200 Mobile TV Subscribers In Korea

“South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung announced this week that 200,200 subscribers have signed up for mobile TV services based on i…

SK Telecom Fined For Unfair Practices

The day after the Korean government urged telcos to open their networks and threatened punishment if not comes news that incumbent telco SK…

GPS For All Japanese Mobiles From 2007

The Eurotechnology newsletter has reported that Japan’s Internal and Communications Ministry is planning to change regulations to require GP…

Buena Vista Goes Wireless In Korea

“Buena Vista is set to become the first US studio to launch wireless content in Korea after agreeing to a package deal covering live-action…

Linktone Invests in Chinese Music Provider

Chinese mobile content provider Linktone, which trades on Nasdaq, has made an invested in 9Sky, a digital music download provider in China,…

Yahoo Japan Launches Mobile Content portal

Yahoo Japan has launched a mobile content portal, in which mobile phone users can “buy games, ring tones, news and other entertainment and i…

LG Unveils DVR-DMB phone

In Korea (where else), LG has launched a live TV-DMB phone which can record about an hour of live TV, what it calls the “time machine” funct…

China Crackdown On ‘Dirty’ Mobile Messages

The Chinese government has increased pressure on telcos to prevent mobile spam…”messages containing text or pictures with pornographic or…

SE Asians Eager For Mobile Content

A recent study by LogicaCMG of (most Malaysian) adults in SE Asia found a very high interest in mobile content.
“For example, 73 percent o…

KTF Looking at MediaFLO?

This should be very interesting if it happens, and might be the death knell for the DMB mobile TV format: KTF, Korea’s second-largest wirele…

DoCoMo Unveils TV Phone

NTT DoCoMo is developing a 3G phone–P901iTV–that will receive both digital and analog TV…The announcement came on the heals of an announ…

WestBridge To Invest $1.5 Million In Nazara

Updated: Oct 17, 2005: The funding has been officially announced..it is $1.5 million..
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Top Mobile Headlines From ContentSutra

Top mobile-related headlines for the week from our India-focused site ContentSutra:
— Indiagames, SingTel Join Hands For First World Cyber…

NTT DoCoMo Explores Offering Video Content

So said a compmy exec at the Reuters summit in Tokyo: NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s leading mobile carrier, is exploring the possibility of offering v…

KTF Ups Investment in Movie Industry

KTF, the second largest mobile operator in Korea, increases investment in movie industry…it has invested 8b won in Showbox/Mediaplex, Kore…

Namco Selling Mobile Offshoot

Namco, which is ramping up its own mobile efforts, especially in U.S., wants to sell a significant proportion of the stock it owns in mobile…

E Mobile Aquires 3g365.com, Gains Patent

E Mobile Information Technologies, a China-focused mobile tech and content company based in Plano, Texas, has announced its acquisition of 3…

Asian Wireless Market Booms

The mobile market in Asia is taking off, according to panelists at the Red Herring conference in Shanghai. “Vishal Gondal, CEO of Indiagames…

Thai Content Provider Set To Promote E-commerce

Following on from from an article suggesting DoCoMo was looking at mobile payments to be a driver of growth, Thai mobile content provider Sh…

Nokia Trials Mobile TV in Malaysia

Nokia is working with two Malysian operators, Astro and Maxis to showcase a live demonstration of mobile TV broadcasting to Malaysians (usin…

Rediff.com Ties With GR8! Magazine

Rediff is doing a fair bit in mobile content in India recently…It has announced a tie-in with television magazine GR8 TV (which seems to b…

S. Korea Mulls Ban On Mobile TV For Motorists

A South Korean politician has submitted a bill to make it illegal to watch satellite digital television on mobile phones while driving a car…

Web Giants Aim For Japanese Mobile Market

This article argues that the dominance of the mobile content market by carriers in Japan will end with the introduction of number portabilit…

Mobile Comics Taking Off In Japan

Manga on mobile phones are becoming big business in Japan, with Sony Pictures Entertainment tripling the number of comic books it formats fo…

Monstermob Buys China’s ATOP

UK-based mobile content provider Monstermob is buying Chinese content provider ATOP Century Ltd for around $100 million (55.5 million pounds…

For-Side’s U.S. Companies To Go Public

For-Side.com, the Japanese mobile content giant, is planning to take its U.S. companies public sometime later this year, according to filing…

Tom Online’s Wireless Revs Shoot Up

Tom Online, another one of the big online/mobile portal players in China, has reported flat profits for Q2. Its net income rose to $10.2 mil…

Digital Music Boom In Asia

Analysts at the launch of Soundbuzz in Hong Kong predicted that “mobile music sales in Asia will exceed physical sales by 2008″…which is a…

Your Children And The Mobile Net

A Malaysian paper has given some advice on children using mobile phones, and cited three main areas of concern…Content, Commercialism, and…

Increasing Football Revenue In Asia

While renowned English football (soccer) club Manchester United is banking on a special channel to extract money from fans in Asia (where ra…

Sohu.com: China Mobile Lifts Ban Early

Chinese Internet/mobile company Sohu.com said Friday that China Mobile Communication is allowing the company to resume selling its MMS on Au…

Mobile TV Takes Off In Korea

Some information to warm the hearts of companies banking on mobile TV…”TU Media yesterday said more than 100,000 have signed up for its sa…

Rok Forms JV In Korea

ROK Entertainment Group, the developer of ROK Player, has announced the creation of a joing venture company in Korea…although I couldn’t f…

Japan's mobile 'ring songs' market grows 600%

“The market for chaku-uta, the use of actual songs recorded by artists for cellular phone ring tones, increased more than sevenfold to 20.1…

KTF To Invest $8 Million In Mobile Games

(sub. req.): KTF, Korea’s second-largest mobile carrier, will strengthen the contents of its game portal site, Gpang….it will invest about…

Index Corp Buys Chinese Company Skyinfo

I missed this one back in March…Index Corp, the Japanese mobile content giant, is now making forays into the Chinese mobile content market…

Index Corp Buys Out Chinese Company WAM

Index Corp, the Japanese mobile content giant, has bought out another Chinese mobile content company..this time it is WAM China. WAM is one…

Disney Plans Cellphones in China

Disney, which already has a mobile content distribution presence in China, will be working on selling handsets (I’m assuming this is customi…

Chinese WAP Users To Hit 70 Million

Research And Markets has predicted that the number of people using WAP in China will grow from 10 million in 2003 to 70 million by the end o…

Korean Telcos Give Cash For Content

Telcos in South Korea are bulking up their content offerings in a competition for customers and are actively seeking alliances with content…

4G Prospects in Developing Asia

[ PDF File] While we’re still debating 3G, companies in Asia are pondering 4G…a PDF report from Lehman Brothers on the Asian efforts and t…

KDDI Sells 10 Million Songs On Mobiles

Japan’s KDDI has announced that November 19 last year and June 15 this year it sold 10 million full-track songs via its EZ “Chaku-Uta Full”…

Ringtones As Protest In Phillipines

SMS advocacy group TXTpower.org has put up a ringtone mixed from “two sound files of excerpts of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s alleged…

MSN To Spearhead WAP Charging Gateway

Mobile 365 has launched a Mobile Operator Charging Gateway and has announced MSN Asia has signed on as a customer. “Microsoft as a launch cu…

South Korean Telcos Seek Content

First it was SK Telecom buying a record label, now Korea’s dominant fixed-line carrier KT has also announced its intention to focus on conte…

Singapore Plans More 3G Drama

Following on from PS: I luv you MediaCorp is “planning to produce at least 10 3G drama series totalling over 200 mini-episodes next year…w…

Digital Ads On Mobiles

Daryl Arnold, the CEO of digital marketing agency Profero, has some insights on digital advertising on mobiles. “If you talk about digital

SK Telecom Music Portal Users Top 2 Million

SK Telecom has announced its music portal, Melon, has surpassed 2 million subscribers since last November. According to SK Telecom, “the num…

Korea's Mobile Music Market Heating Up

According to industry figures, about 80 percent of the mobile-phone models marketed in Korea are integrated with built-in music players and…

Coloring Ringback Tone Service Popular in China

The “Coloring Ringback Tone Service” has taken off in China with 10% of mobile phone users utilizing the service. One quote…”I started usi…

Three Firms To Enter Japan Mobile Market

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has announced new spectrum plans that will allow three new companies to l…

On-demand Media (FLO)w Not Before 2007 In India

There hasn’t been much news about MediaFLO lately but Qualcomm are still plugging along, and are apparently in talks with Indian telcos. “Fo…

MLB Games Live On Korean Cellphones

A deal like this makes a lot of sense in a market like Korea: Major League Baseball has tied up with Korean mobile TV provider TU Media (whi…

Sky Perfects Buys Into Index Corp

Index Corp, one of the biggest mobile content companies in Japan (who owns a bunch of smaller companies in U.S. and Europe) has sold a 4.69…

M-payment Powerhouse?

NTT DoCoMo, the world’s biggest wireless telecom, is far ahead of the game with its contactless mobile wallet, “i-mode FeliCa.” “DoCoMo is m…

NTT DoCoMo Plans $100 Million U.S. VC Arm

Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo will launch a second U.S.-based VC firm on July 1. DoCoMo Capital will be based in San Jose, CA, and will…

Earnings: Index’s Earnings Jump 150%

Index Corp, one of the biggest mobile content providers in Japan, said that its interim group pretax profit for the period ended Feb. 28th a…

T-DMB vs S-DMB

The two technologies are as different as say terrestrial TV and satellite TV…and Satellite DMB service, the first to launch in Korea, will…

The Mystery Called For-Side.com

So the Japanese mobile content giant is buying out everyone in US and UK…it just announced a big acquisition in iTouch Plc, for $344 milli…

Korean Mobile TV Facing Trouble

ATTimes: Sales of handsets that are able to view Korea’s version of broadcast TV on mobile phones (DMB) have fallen short of expectations……

Sohu Wireless Group Rebounds

Chinese net portal Sohu.com reported a 47 percent drop in Q1 profits, but said revenue from its wireless value-added services rose for the f…

Macromedia & Cisco To Invest In Indiagames

Indiagames, one of the emerging mobile gaming companies and certainly one of the biggest in India, has landed two big name investors: Macrom…

Interview With MonsterMob CEO Martin Higginson

As a result of MonsterMob offering to buy the remaining 70% Asian company UnrealMind (it currently owns 30%) The Star interviewed CEO Martin…

Taiwanese Telcos Form Alliance For 3G Content

Taiwan’s five 3G licence holders have formed an alliance to conduct research and development in 3G applications and services. The alliance w…

DoCoMo To Buy Into Credit Card Company?

Japanese mobile giant DoCoMo is planning to buy up a 33.4 per cent stake in the credit card company Sumitomo Mitsui, with a view to bolsteri…

Ki-Bi Mobile Gets Venture Investment

Israeli start-up Ki-Bi Mobile Technologies, a supplier of electronic cards for sending content to handsets, has received a venture investmen…

Mobile Spam Legislation Could Cause Problems

The National Telecommunications Commission in the Philippines has released guidelines on mobile spam. Unfortunately, the writer of the artic…

MovieSeer and IFILM Provide 3G Video To Asia

Movieseer has licensed video content from iFilms for distribution in 13 countries and territories in Asia. The content includes “more than 2…

Leave a handwritten note on your camphoto

Samsung’s new SCG-S260 mobile phone soon to be launched in Korea allows people to write a note on white paper, take a picture of it and have…

The Chaku-uta challenge

Just nine weeks after Japan’s KDDI launched its MP3 ringtone service, dubbed “EZ Chaku-uta Full”, the telco has sold 2 million songs to subs…

Indiagames to develop live mobile game show

Indiagames has announced it plans to launch a live mobile game show “Gotta play gotta win”. Far from being the killer app the claims, the ga…

Chunghwa looking for more 3G content partners

Currently Chunghwa’s mobile business unit has partnered with 300 content providers, significantly less than the thousands of providers affil…

Chinese Wireless Media Earnings Roundup

The wireless shine has come off this quarter:
— Sohu’s Drop Cracks China Net Sector: Sohu.com’s outlook calls for sequential growth in ad r…

Phones Dial In to PCs

Not sure if this is unique, but Toshiba has developed software that lets cell phones use programs stored on most home computers. Phones with…

The Mobile Phone as Digital Music Player

A very interesting analysis of the current capabilities of handsets in Japan, and how they compare to standalone music/MP3 players in the ma…

Hong Kong telcos at odds over video calls

While SmarTone has launched its 3G service touting “exciting video calling” with “animation characters”, competitor CSL doesn’t believe the…

Live 3G Horse Racing

Customers of ‘3’ in Hong Kong can now bet on horse races using their mobile phones. The short time-frame of a race makes it ideal for delive…

MTV Themed Mobile Phone

Samsung has released a phone especially for the MTV Asia Awards party, which uses content to promote the special edition. “The special vers…

The Changing Face of Mobile Music in Japan

This is an interesting two-part article on the challenge facing tradtional sellers of ringtones in Japan now that realtones – or chaku-uta -…

Applications at last

Despite the variety of features available on mobile handsets, the majority of usage is still from voice and data. The industry is trying to…

NTT Demos Humming Recognition Technology

I missed this one earlier: As regular readers know, I’ve covered mobile music recognition services in some detail in the past: Shazam, Music…

Seven Asian Operators Form JV

This is the biggest venture in the Asia Pacific region: Seven leading Asia Pacific mobile operators have formed a regional mobile alliance,…

Mobile Media Company Buys Chinese Provider

Norwegian mobile content provider The Mobile Media Company (whose site has been down for the last few days) is on an acquisition binge: it h…

Mobile phones to challenge iPod?

Telcos are planning on selling CD-quality songs over their mobile networks to boost revenue, and hopefully recoup the billions they invested…

Ringtones call the tune in hardware

Ringtones are driving future hardware developments in mobile phones as users continue to demand increasingly complex personalization options…

Technology for the Greater Good

To the delight of Sun Microsystems, Korea has chosen Java as the download interface for its standard, meaning all Korean carriers would have…

Asian Mobile Content Roundup: Last Week Oct

— NTT DoCoMo, IBM, Intel team to secure mobile devices: NTT DoCoMo, Intel and IBM have published a jointly developed security specificatio…

Sohu Q3 Revenues Fall; Net Profit Down 16%

China Internet portal Sohu reported Q3 revenues of $25.9 million on Thursday. Sohu’s revenues dropped 5.1 percent to $27.3 million. Net prof…

Digital Bridges Targets Japan

Digital Bridges,the mmobile entertainment solutions and gaming company, has signaled its ambitions in the Japanese market for mobile games w…

China could top the music industry charts

(via Ringtonia) And mobile music is a huge part of it…China is a nation obsessed by mobile phones. The market for musical ringtones here i…

Follow the CiRCUS to a mobile revolution

The keitai has become a social necessity in Japan, with one-in-three Japanese signing up for a service to use their cell phones to send e-ma…

IDG To Invest $5M In Any8.com

IDG will invest $5 million in Shenzhen, China based wireless value-added service provider Any8.com…Any8 was founded in 2000 with approxima…

Mforma Makes A Play In China

Mobile gaming company Mforma has purchased Siemens Mobile Acceleration’s stake in a Chinese game developer…Its strategic investment in Chi…

Terrestrial TV-Enabled Cell Phone

In Japan, KDDI R&D Laboratories have jointly developed a mobile-phone terminal that receives digital terrestrial TV broadcasts with interact…

MP3 Phone Sales Pass 1 Million

In Korea, that is… the country’s three mobile-phone operators sold a combined 1.15 million MP3-equipped handsets since the models were in…

The search for music technologists

Some forward thinking school should start some courses in mobile content technologies…In Malaysia, mobile applications and content provide…

DoCoMo May Lower Rates for Data Users

The mobile data pricing war is hotting up in Japan…NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Vodafone K.K. are competing for subscribers in Japan’s $72 billion…

Hutch launches TV on mobile

In India, operator Hutchinson Essar has launched Hutch TV, a multi-channel, TV-on-Mobile service, accessible over its EDGE-enabled network.…

KTF provides caption service for MP3 phones

In Korea, KTF is now offering a mobile caption service which displays lyrics of the song played on MP3 phones in real time…this phone is a…

Mtone Slashes 1/3 Of Staff

Chinese mobile content provider Mtone is slashing a third of its current staff…The company admitted that the staff cut is directly related…

Ringing Back The Money

As the debate intensifies over how well mobile personalization applications travel, Thailand’s leading cellco aims to rack up $24 million in…

Malaysia Warms To Mobile TV

In Malaysia, mobile video serviecs arre taking off: for telco Maxis, 98,000 subscribers have signed up for its video streaming service so f…

Japan: Lessons In Growth

Flat-rate data pricing, snazzy phones and an insatiable consumer appetite for high-tech services, are all contributing to Japan’s mobile int…

Mobile Ads, Literally

OB, the South Korean brewer is planning to run 2 minute ad designed to be broadcast on SK Telecom’s mobile phones.

NBA.com And Sohu.com Expand Relationship

The two have renewed their two-year relationship to continue to jointly develop the NBA’s comprehensive Chinese destination, NBA.com/china a…

MLB’s Content In China, Taiwan

On mobiles, where else…MLB Advanced Media has entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with ELTA, a major mobile content provider…

Say It Like You Mean It

MMS is good for more than sharing snapshots. Operators across Asia — and soon Vodafone — are developing new services around emotive conten…

Wireless Turns Risky in China

(sub. req.): Sohu.com gained success by offering Internet services to China’s huge base of mobile-phone users, but a crackdown in the indus…

Samsung Phone With 1.5 GB Hard Drive

Samsung plans to begin selling later this month a mobile phone that includes a built-in hard-disk drive…The SPH-V5400 is a clam-shell type…

NEC Develops 3D Display For Phones

(via Textually) NEC has developed a 3D LCD display for cellphones, with “the world’s highest level of detail,” (NEC) at 235ppi (pixels per i…

Purple Pitch

(registration required) A nice profile of Purple Ace, the Singapore-based constituent of the Siemens Mobile Acceleration unit (SMAC investe…

EMI Thailand Looks For Partners

To stem its thinning revenue stream, EMI Music (Thailand) is trying to find more cell-phone service partners to help it peddle its music and…

CHL Acquired by E-Mobile

Mobile entertainment provider CHL Technologies was acquired by E-Mobile Information Technologies…CHL provides technical and content soluti…

Sportev in Premier League mobile deal

Online and mobile video tehc provider Sportev has reached an agreement with Hutchison Whampoa and CSL Hong Kong to provide video coverage of…

High-Speed Mobile TV Service in Malaysia

Malaysian telecom operator Digi has launched what it believes to be the first TV service on high-speed mobile network in Asia.
Leveraging on…

Telstra cranks mobile content

Content providers: sharpen your knives and head down under…Australian telco Telstra is ramping up its mobile content project, forming a ne…

BlueSkyFrog.com Launches Mobilegames.com.au

BlueSkyFrog.com, Australia’s largest mobile content retailer, recently launched Mobilegames.com.au, a website dedicated specifically to mobi…

Mobile Boohoo for Sohu

Chinese net stock Sohu.com dropped by 10% on Friday after the company announced that its multimedia messaging services with China Mobile Com…

Mtone Wireless Withdraws Nasdaq IPO

Mtone Wireless, a provider of value-added services to mobile phone users in China–wireless games, dating etc– has withdrawn its IPO plans.…

Telstra to offer CNN on i-mode

In Australia, Telstra has struck a deal with Turner Broadcasting to provide its i-mode subscribers with access to CNN and Cartoon Network co…

Fuel-Cell Mobile Phones for Digital TV

In Japan, KDDI has teamed up with Japanese mobile-phone manufacturers to develop a fuel-cell-powered phone equipped with functions for recei…

Dwango Expands To India With Tata Infotech

Dwango North America, a developer and distributor of mobile content and Tata Infotech, a global systems integrator in the Tata group, have s…

Tom Online buys Beijing wireless firm

Chinese portal Tom Online will pay as much as 550 million yuan for Treasure Base Investments, a Beijing-based firm that has ventures with 60…