Weekly Telecom Bytes: APAC region to reach 1.9 billion unique mobile subscribers, IDEA Cellular rolls out Choice Recharge

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Bharti Airtel Misses out on License to run telecom Service in Myanmar

In a recent development to the allotment of Myanmar telecom License, Bharti Airtel, India’s India's biggest mobile phone company lost the race to Norwegian firm Telenor and Qatar Telecommunications. The government of Myanmar received application from 91 entities for two telecom license out of which 12 including Vodafone, SingTel, Telecom-Orange and Marubeni Corporation were shortlisted. Telenor and Qatar Telecom however will be the first set of private operators to provide telecom services in Myanmar.

APAC region to reach 1.9 billion unique mobile subscribers by 2017: GSMA

According to the new report by GSMA, ‘Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2013’, APAC region positions itself at the forefront of mobile innovation, with the number of unique mobile subscribers having outpaced the rest of the world. At the end of 2012, there were 1.5 billion unique subscribers in APAC and by 2017, it is expected that Asia Pacific will reach 1.9 billion unique mobile subscribers, accounting for almost half of the predicted global total of 3.9 billion. Data usage has grown at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of nearly 142 per cent from 2010 to 2012 and 3G and 4G connections will grow 17 per cent every year over the next five years, highlights the report.

Blackberry shipped 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and approx 100,000 BlackBerry Playbook tablets in Fiscal Q1, 2014

Research in Motion Limited, doing business as Blackberry, reported its first quarter results for the three months ended June 1, 2013 on Thursday, according to which the Company shipped 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and approximately 100,000 BlackBerry Playbook tablets. The company also reported a rise in revenue at $3.1 billion, up 15% from $2.7 billion in the previous quarter. However the revenue earned was not retained as profit as the company has witnessed a loss of $84 million in the financial quarter 1 for 2014. “During the first quarter, we continued to focus our efforts on the global roll out of the BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are still in the early stages of this launch, but already, the BlackBerry 10 platform and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are proving themselves to customers to be very secure, flexible and dynamic mobile computing solutions.”

IDEA Cellular rolls out Choice Recharge and Choice Number offer for its users in Maharashtra and Goa

Idea Cellular has rolled out two new offers for its users in Maharashtra and Goa circle; ‘Choice Recharge’ that lets you choose Idea to Idea Calling, SMS, Local Mobile Minutes and Internet offers with a single pack and ‘Choice number’ that would let new subscribers in Maharashtra & Goa to opt for a number of their choice when they connect with the Idea network in the circle. The Choice Recharge pack costs Rs.29 and lets you choose from 5 different options as per their usage including 5500 Local Idea seconds, 2600 Local mobile seconds, 50 STD mobile minutes, 380 Local/National SMS, and 190 MB 2G Internet. The Choice Recharge and Choice Number are available at all major mobile retail stores and Idea outlets across Maharashtra & Goa.

‘Hell is other People’, an antisocial app that lets you avoid friends

Ever felt the need to spend some time in isolation or going on a secret date without running into a friend? Here’s the solution for you! A new app called ‘Hell is other people’ can inform you where your friends are and suggest best possible routes to avoid them. Developed by a US Student, the app utilizes FourSquare - a location-based social networking website for mobile devices to track check-ins made by your friends. First the person connects his/her FourSquare account to this particular app. The app then plots an ‘avoidance map’. The map contains orange and green points. Orange points indicate check-ins by other users, and green points represent "optimally distanced safe zones," as suggested by the app.

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Chhavi is a social media enthusiast and telecom technologies admirer. Based out of New Delhi, she is a corporate communication and marketing professional by day and writer by night. If she is not busy with Telecom, you can find her reading management books.

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