Mobile ReportJUNE2013
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A MONTHLY SNAPSHOT OF
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& DEVELOPME...
HOWTOUSETHISREPORT
Thisreport isintended to be aneasy-to-reference tool
It isaresource that you can flipthrough in your ow...
CONTENTS
» Executive Summary
» Section 1: Mobile Landscape
» Section 2: Mobile Devicesand Operating Systems
» Section 3: M...
Executive Summary
EXECUTIVESUMMARY
1. TopwebsitesinSouthAfricahavebeenidentified
2. Every1MobilereachesintoAfrica
3. EUlowersmobileroamingra...
13. Theworld'sfirstLTE-Advancednetwork,andtheGalaxyS4LTE-A
14. MicrosoftrevealsInternetExplorer11andOffice365isnowinninene...
Mobile Landscape
SECTION1
TOPWEBSITESINSOUTH
AFRICA
» EffectiveMeasurereleaseditsMay2013websitetrafficstatisticsrecently,
revealingthatNews24isthela...
EVERY1MOBILEREACHES
INTOAFRICA
» Every1Mobile,whichspecialisesinbuildingmassaudiencesviamobilein
sub-SaharanAfrica,recentl...
EULOWERSMOBILE
ROAMINGFEES
» Checkinge-mailorsurfingthewebonamobilephonewhiletravellinginthe
EuropeanUnionwillbeathirdchea...
SMARTPHONESBLOOMIN
EMERGINGMARKETS
» Globalsmartphoneshipmentsareexpectedtoreach958.8millionunitsin
2013,surpassingfeature...
Mobile devices and
operating systems
SECTION2
APPLE‘SNEWIOSANDMUSIC
STREAMINGSERVICE
» AppleIncunveilediTunesRadio,afreemusicstreamingservicethatisakey
partofoverhauled...
SMARTPHONEFORTHE
BLIND
» AsmallteamofIsraelientrepreneurshascomewiththeworld’sfirst
smartphoneforthevisuallyimpaired.
» Pr...
NEWKENYANMODEMTO
SPEEDUPINTERNET
» KenyanfirmUshahidihasdesignedaninnovativeinternetmodem,BRCK,
specificallyforAfrica,inab...
GOOGLEDRIVENOWINZULU,
AFRIKAANS
» GoogleDrive,thesearchgiant’sonlinestorageanddocument,presentation
andspreadsheetcreation...
MOBILETECHTOMITIGATE
LOAD-SHEDDING
» Followingtherecentannouncementthatload-sheddingschedulesarelikely
totakeeffectacrossS...
MICROSOFTOFFICEARRIVES
ONTHEIPHONE
» SoftwaregiantMicrosoftseemstohavemeltedandalloweditsmobile
versionofOffice365tobeinst...
BALLOONS:GOOGLE’SPLAN
TOCONNECTTHEWORLD
» ThecompanyhasbegunapilotprojectinNewZealandusinghigh-pressure
balloonsinthestrat...
YOUNGPEOPLEMOREWILLINGTO
PAYFORDIGITALNEWS
» Youngpeoplearemorewillingtopayforonlinenewsthananyotherage
group,accordingtoa...
SAMSUNGGALAXYS4ZOOM
» ThefolksatSamsunghavebroughtfourtharatherlargeamountofmobile
devicestotheir‘Premiere’event inLondon,...
THREEGALAXYTAB3
TABLETSCOMINGINJULY
» OnJuly7,SamsungwillreleasethreenewGalaxyTab3tabletsin7-,8-,and
10.1-inchscreensizes....
SONY’SSMARTWATCH2
» SonyhaslaunchedtheSmartWatch2duringapressconferenceatthe
MobileAsiaExpoinShanghai
» TheSmartWatch2hasa...
THEWORLD'SFIRSTLTE-ADVANCED
NETWORK,ANDTHEGALAXYS4LTE-A
» TheKoreancarrierSKTelecomhasofficiallyannounceditslaunchiofthe
w...
BLACKBERRYLAUNCHESIPHONEAND
ANDROIDSECURITYPLATFORM
» BlackBerryintroducedanewservicecalled‘SecureWorkSpace,’which
allowse...
SAMSUNGGALAXYS4MININOW
AVAILABLEINTHEUK
» TheunlockedSamsungGalaxyS4MiniisnowavailableintheUK,the
handsetisavailableSIMfre...
MICROSOFT:THELATESTCHANGES
TOITSWINDOWS8.1
» MicrosoftismakingadjustmentstoitsWindows8operatingsystem,
beginningwiththeres...
MICROSOFTRELEASESINTERNET
EXPLORER11
» InternetExplorer11isoutinprevieweditionwithbettertouchperformance,
fasterpageloads,...
OFFICE365EXPANDSTO9NEW
TERRITORIESINAFRICA
» MicrosofthasannouncedtheavailabilityoftheentiresuiteofOffice365
packagesinnin...
APPLETESTSMOTIONDETECTION
FEATURESFORIPHONE
» Appleappearstobetestingoutmotioncontrolfeaturesthatwillletpeople
controlthei...
SONYXPERIACDUAL-SIM5-INCH
SMARTPHONEFORR3000
» AlongwiththeXperiaZUltra,Sonyalsounveiledanewlower-cost
smartphonetheyareca...
Mobile Networks
SECTION 3
VODACOMHUNTS30,000SME
CLIENTS
» Vodacomistargeting30,000subscribers,or6,000newSMEcustomers
throughitsnewValueAddedService(...
VIRGINMOBILECEOSLATES
VODACOM,MTNINREPORT
» VirginMobileSouthAfricaCEO,JonathanMarchbankhasblamedVodacom
andMTNandtheir‘un...
RIGHT2KNOW’SURGENTCALLON
HIGHCELLPHONECOSTS
» Anestimated82.9%ofpeoplelivinginSouthAfricahaveacellphonethat
canenablethemt...
MTNLTEFREEAFTERALL
» MTNhasannouncedthatitsexistingandnewLTEcustomerswillgetaccess
toitsLTEservicewithouthavingtopayanaddi...
ORANGETEAMSUPWITH
NASHUA
» OrangehasexpandeditsreachinSouthAfricathroughadealwithNashua
Mobile.
» AccordingtoareportbyTech...
MTNREVISESBISPLANS
» MTNhasreviseditsBlackBerryInternetService(BIS)portfolioinwhatitsays
isanattempttooffercustomersplansb...
VODACOMOUTLINESFIBRE
BROADBANDPLANS
» ExecutiveheadofaccesssolutionsatVodacom,JanineRebelo,hasrevealed
thatthecompanyplans...
MTNEXTENDSDATAPRICE
CUTS
» MTNSouthAfricahasextendeditscut-pricedatatariffsforprepaidand
contractcustomersuntiltheendofSep...
SAFARICOMLAUNCHESMOBILE
PAYMENTCAMPAIGNLIPANAM-PESA
» Kenya’stelecommunicationcompanySafaricomhaslaunchedamobile
paymentse...
MTNCAMEROON:CANAL+/CANALSAT
PAYMENTVIAMOBILEMONEY
» MTNCameroonhasofficiallyannouncedthatitisprovidingitsclientelewitha
si...
MTNLOSESOUTONMYANMAR
BID
» SouthAfrica’sMTNhascrashedoutoftheracetowinatelecommunicationslicence
inAsia’sMyanmar,oneofthel...
NEOTELSALERUMOURS
SWIRLINGAGAIN
» AlthoughTataCommunicationshastwicerubbishedtalkthatithasanyintentionof
sellingitscontrol...
Social Networks
SECTION4
TOPTWITTERUSERSIN
SOUTHAFRICA
» SouthAfrica’sTwitteruserwiththemostfollowersiscomedianTrevorNoah,
followedcricketerABdeVil...
DMMASURVEYABOUTSOUTH
AFRICANS’INTERNETHABITS
» AccordingtotheDMMA’ssurveyresultsmostSouthAfricaninternetusers
(95%)usethei...
WHATSAPPPROCESSES27BN
MESSAGESIN24HOURS
» WhatsApp announcedthatithadprocessed27-billionmessagesin24hours,
anewrecordforth...
#FINALLY.FACEBOOKADDS
HASHTAGSUPPORT
» Thebillion-strongsocialnetworkingsitehasannounceditwillnowmake
hashtagsclickable,in...
INSTAGRAMADDSVIDEO
» Instagramlaunchedavideo-sharingtoolon 20June,inamovethatwill
placetheFacebook-ownedcompanyindirectcom...
WHATSAPPHITS250M
ACTIVEUSERS
» OTTmessagingserviceWhatsApphaspassedthe250millionactiveuser
mark,thecompanytoldtheWallStree...
FACEBOOKSTOPSADSONPAGES
WITHSEXUAL,VIOLENTCONTENT
» FacebookIncsaiditwillnolongerallowadstoappearonpageswithsexualor
viole...
Sources and Contacts
SOURCES
»Bizcommunity
»BusinessTech
»BusinessTechby
MyBroadband
»CNET
»CNN
»CNNMoney
»DigitalTrends
»Engadget
»GeekyGadget...
CONTACTUS
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Native Mobile Report- June 2013

  1. Mobile ReportJUNE2013
  2. INSERT IMAGE IN BACKGROUND MAKE SURE IT FILLS THE SCREEN 100% A MONTHLY SNAPSHOT OF MOBILE NEWS, VIEWS, EVENTS & DEVELOPMENTS LOCALLY AND ABROAD
  3. HOWTOUSETHISREPORT Thisreport isintended to be aneasy-to-reference tool It isaresource that you can flipthrough in your owntime – and not to necessarily read from front-to-back
  4. CONTENTS » Executive Summary » Section 1: Mobile Landscape » Section 2: Mobile Devicesand Operating Systems » Section 3: Mobile Networks » Section 4: SocialNetworks » Sources and Contacts
  5. Executive Summary
  6. EXECUTIVESUMMARY 1. TopwebsitesinSouthAfricahavebeenidentified 2. Every1MobilereachesintoAfrica 3. EUlowersmobileroamingrates 4. Apple’snewIOSandmusicstreamingservice 5. ProjectRaywiththeworld’sfirstsmartphoneforthevisuallyimpaired 6. NewKenyanmodemtospeedupinternet 7. GoogleDriveisnowavailableinZuluandAfrikaans 8. VodacomBusinesshasadvocatedtheuseofsmartmobiletechnologytomitigateenergycapacityandconsumption concerns 9. MicrosoftOfficearriveson theiPhone 10. GoogleprojectLOON:Balloon-poweredinternet 11. SamsungGalaxyS4Zoom:Camera-SmartphoneaswellasthreenewGalaxyTab3tablets 12. Sony:theSmartWatch2 andanewlow-costSonyXperiaCdual-SIMsmartphone
  7. 13. Theworld'sfirstLTE-Advancednetwork,andtheGalaxyS4LTE-A 14. MicrosoftrevealsInternetExplorer11andOffice365isnowinninenewcountriesinAfrica 15. OrangehasexpandeditsreachinSouthAfricathroughadealwithNashuaMobile 16. Vodacomplanstorolloutfiberaccess toselectedbusinessparksacrossSouthAfrica 17. MTNextendsdatapricecutsanditslossonMyanmarbid 18. Neotelsalerumoursswirlingagain 19. TopTwitterusersandDMMA’ssurveyresultsaboutSouthAfricans’internethabits 20. Whatsapphits250mactiveusers 21. Facebookaddshashtagsupport 22. Instagramaddsvideo 23. NomoreFacebookadsonpageswithsexualandviolentcontent
  8. Mobile Landscape SECTION1
  9. TOPWEBSITESINSOUTH AFRICA » EffectiveMeasurereleaseditsMay2013websitetrafficstatisticsrecently, revealingthatNews24isthelargestSouthAfricanwebsite,followedby Howzit.MSNandIOL. » EffectiveMeasureistheofficialtrafficmeasurementpartneroftheDigital MediaandMarketingAssociation(DMMA),andprovidesaccuratetraffic statisticsforSouthAfrica’stopwebsites. » AccordingtotheMay2013EffectiveMeasurestatistics,News24attracted2.4 millionuniqueSouthAfricanvisitors.HowzitMSNrankedsecondwith1.7 millionuniquevisitorsandIOLthirdwith1.5million. » ThelatestEffectiveMeasurestatisticsalsorevealedSouthAfrica’slargest mobilewebsitesareVodafoneLive,News24Mobile,andSupersport. Source: MyBroadband, 4 June 2013
  10. EVERY1MOBILEREACHES INTOAFRICA » Every1Mobile,whichspecialisesinbuildingmassaudiencesviamobilein sub-SaharanAfrica,recentlyannouncedthatithasraisedR18millioninangel investment. » Every1Mobile,foundedin2010,usesthepowerofmobile-enabledsocial networkstotransformhoworganisationsengagewithyoungpeopleaged 15-35insub-SaharanAfricaandotheremergingmarkets. » E1M'sultimateaimistohelpyoungpeopleinemergingmarketsenterthe formaleconomy.Thecompanyrunsninemobilesitescoveringeducation, health,jobsandentertainment. » Thecompanyalreadyrecordsover3millionmonthlyvisitstoitssitesand serves25millionpageseachmonth.Usersareequallysplitbetweenmale andfemaleacrossSouthAfrica,Nigeria,Ghana,Tanzania,Kenyaand Zimbabwe. » ‘Bybuildinglargemobile-basedcommunitiesofhighlymotivatedand educatedyoungpeoplewhoarefasttrackingintotheformaleconomy’E1M isbecomingthegate-keepertoanaudiencethatisinhighdemandfromthird partiessuchascorporations,governments,foundationsandNGOs. Source: Bizcommunity , 14 June 2013
  11. EULOWERSMOBILE ROAMINGFEES » Checkinge-mailorsurfingthewebonamobilephonewhiletravellinginthe EuropeanUnionwillbeathirdcheaperfromJuly 1thankstoroamingcuts enforcedbytheEU’sregulator–just intimeforthesummerholidayseason. » TheEuropeanUnionhasbeeneagertoshowitsrelevancetoEUcitizenswith measurestocutthecostofconsumergoodssuchasflightsandroaming fees,withmobilechargesaparticularlypopularstepoverthepastseveral years. » “TheEUhastoberelevanttopeople’slives,”theEU’stelecomsregulator, NeelieKroes,saidassheannouncedthe36percentreductioninroaming. » FromJuly1,thecostofusingtheinternetwhileabroadfallsto45centsper megabytefrom70cents.. » Thecostofmakingcallsdeclinesto24centsperminutefrom29cents,and receivingcallsto7centsperminutefrom8cents. » Thecostofsendingtextmessageswillalsogodown,from9centsto8cents Mobileusersdon’tpayforreceivingtextmessageswhiletravellinginthe EuropeanUnion. » AllofcostswillfallagainonJuly1nextyear. Source: MyBroadband , 27 June 2013
  12. SMARTPHONESBLOOMIN EMERGINGMARKETS » Globalsmartphoneshipmentsareexpectedtoreach958.8millionunitsin 2013,surpassingfeaturephoneshipmentsforthefirsttime,theIDCsays. » AccordingtotheInternationalDataCorporation(IDC)WorldwideQuarterly MobilePhoneTracker,smartphonesareexpectedtoaccountfor52.2%ofall mobilephonesshippedin2013. » Thefirmexpectsthetrendtocontinue,withsmartphoneshipmentsgrowing mostrapidlyinemergingmarkets,whichwillaccountfor64.8%ofunits shippedin2013. » Drivingsmartphonesforwardhasbeenaperfectcombinationofstrong demandfromendusers,greateremphasisbybothcarriersandvendors,and adeepselectionofdevicesavailableatmultiplepricepoints,theIDCsaid. » Withtheriseinglobalsmartphoneshipments,demandhasquicklyspread fromdevelopedmarketstoemergingmarkets,theIDCsaid. » Asaresult,smartphoneaveragesellingprices(ASPs)havedeclinedto$372 in2013,downfrom$407in2012and$443in2011. Source: BusinessTech by MyBroadband, 15 June 2013
  13. Mobile devices and operating systems SECTION2
  14. APPLE‘SNEWIOSANDMUSIC STREAMINGSERVICE » AppleIncunveilediTunesRadio,afreemusicstreamingservicethatisakey partofoverhauledmobilesoftwarethatthecompanycalledthemost revolutionaryre-designofitsoperatingsystemsincetheiPhonewas introducedin2007. » AsApplekickedoffitsannualconferenceinSanFranciscoforitsdevelopers, executivesalsoshowedoffanewlineofMaccomputersandsaidthat updatedSirivoicesoftwareusedontheiPhonenowincorporatesMicrosoft Corp‘sBingsearchengine. » iTunesRadio,whichwillcompeteagainstPandoraMediaInc,allowsusersto customisebygenreandpersonaltaste. » TheserviceisfreewithadsacrossApple’sdevices,includingAppleTV.Itis freeofadsforsubscriberstoiTunes’Match,adigitalcontentfeature. » CallediOS7,thesmartphoneandtabletplatformredesignedbyresident creativehonchoJonnyIvecomeswithanewedge-to-edgelookthatuses translucencytohighlightunderlyingcontent,newtypefaces,andnewicons. AppleplanstomakeiOS7availableinthefall. Source: BusinessTech by MyBroadband, 10 June 2013
  15. SMARTPHONEFORTHE BLIND » AsmallteamofIsraelientrepreneurshascomewiththeworld’sfirst smartphoneforthevisuallyimpaired. » ProjectRay,astheteamcallsit,wasoriginallyconceivedasawayofhelping theIsraeliLibraryfortheBlindgetitsservicestoawideraudience. » Thevisuallyimpairedpersonsrelyonamultitudeofgadgetsandmostof themdon’tcomecheap. Theyalsohavetodragalongawholesuitcaseof expensiveaccessories. » ThewholeideaofProjectRayistoreplacethatsuitcasewithapowerful, cloud-connectedsmartphone. » Peopleneedjust30minutesoftrainingtogettogripswiththenewUI.Itrelies onaudiopromptedcommandsandusersselectappsandcommandsby liftingthefingeroffthescreen. » InadditiontotextingandGPS,thephonealsofeaturesacolourdetectionapp thathelpsusersmatchtheirclothing,alongwithabanknoteapptoidentify money. Source: TechEye, 10June 2013
  16. NEWKENYANMODEMTO SPEEDUPINTERNET » KenyanfirmUshahidihasdesignedaninnovativeinternetmodem,BRCK, specificallyforAfrica,inabidtospeedupbroadbandinternetconnectivityon thecontinent. » Themodemhasbeendesignedtoconnectupto20devicesatatimeand seamlesslyswitchbetweenWi-Fi,3G,4GandEthernetconnections automatically,dependingonwhatsignalsareavailable. » ThemodemaimstokeepAfricansconnectedevenwhenthepowerturnsoff andtheinternetconnectionislost.Thenewmodemhopestosolveonekey problemthathindersAfricanbusiness-electricityshortages. » ThemodemalsoallowsuserstopluginaSIMcardtoofferanetwork anywhereinreachofamobiletower. » TheBRCKhasaneight-hourbatterytoovercomeelectricitypower interruptions.Itisalsopackedwithcloud-basedsoftwarewhichmeansitcan beaccessedfromanywheretoseehowWi-Fiandelectricityareconnections are. » BRCKwillstartsellingonthemarketfromNovemberbutitisavailablefor pre-orderfor$199from theendofJune. Source: Ventures Africa, 12 June 2013
  17. GOOGLEDRIVENOWINZULU, AFRIKAANS » GoogleDrive,thesearchgiant’sonlinestorageanddocument,presentation andspreadsheetcreationservice,isnowavailablein18newlanguages, includingAfrikaans,Amharic,SwahiliandZulu. » ThisbringsthetotalnumberoflanguagesDrivesupportsto65. » ThenewadditionsareAfrikaans,Amharic,Basque,Chinese(HongKong), Estonian,French(Canadian),Galician,Icelandic,Khmer,Lao,Malaysian, Nepali,Persian,Sinhalese,Spanish(LatinAmerica),Swahili,UrduandZulu. » Userscanswitchbetweenlanguagesatanytimefromthesettingsmenuin GoogleDrive.Theserviceallowsuserstocollaborateondocuments, spreadsheetsorpresentationsandtheywillcontinuetoenjoythis functionalityeveniftheirDriveissettoadifferentlanguagethanthatofthe personwithwhomthey’recollaborating. » ThenewlanguagesalsoapplytoGoogleDriveformobiledevices. Source: TechCentral, 12 June 2013
  18. MOBILETECHTOMITIGATE LOAD-SHEDDING » Followingtherecentannouncementthatload-sheddingschedulesarelikely totakeeffectacrossSAthiswinter,VodacomBusinesshasadvocatedthe useofsmartmobiletechnologytomitigateenergycapacityandconsumption concerns. » Vodacom’sbusinessarmsayssmartmetering–asystemthatenablesthe gatheringofdataforremotereporting–canhelptorestrictload-shedding andthepotentialelectricity-supplyconstraintsnegativelyimpactingthelocal economy. » HeadofVodacomBusiness,VuyaniJarana,says,globally,utilitieshave successfullyusedsmartmeteringtounderstandelectricityusageandsupply management.“Locally,theintroductionofsmartmeters,whichislegislated intheElectricityRegulationsActof2006,willallowtheutilitytoimplement newbusinessmodels,suchastimeofusetariffs.” » Hesaysthistypeofmobilemonitoringwillhelptheutilitytoreducepeak demandwhileend-userswillstarttosavemoneyasaresultoftheinsights gathered. » SmartmetersareacomponentofM2Mcommunicationandarebeing introducedaroundtheworld. Source: ITWeb, 14 June 2013
  19. MICROSOFTOFFICEARRIVES ONTHEIPHONE » SoftwaregiantMicrosoftseemstohavemeltedandalloweditsmobile versionofOffice365tobeinstalledontheiPhone. » OfficeMobilenowletsiPhoneusersaccess,view,andedittheirOffice documentsanditissurprisinglysimilartowhatisalreadypreinstalledtoday onWindowsPhone8. » BecauseOfficeMobileisfromMicrosoft,yourformattingandlayoutremain intactwhenviewing,editingoraddingcomments,thankstosupportfor charts,animations,SmartArtgraphicsandshapes.Whenyoureturntoyour PCorMacyourdocumentlookslikeitshould. » Sinceitwasreleased,MicrosofthasaddedSkypecalling,andnewOneNote featurestoOffice365. Source: TechEye, 14 June 2013
  20. BALLOONS:GOOGLE’SPLAN TOCONNECTTHEWORLD » ThecompanyhasbegunapilotprojectinNewZealandusinghigh-pressure balloonsinthestratospheretoprovideInternetconnectivity“at3Gspeeds”to remoteandruralareasacrosstheplanet,withSouthAfricahighonthelistas aplannedpilotcountry. » ProjectLoonballoonswillfloatabout19kmabovetheearth’ssurface,.Each pumpkin-shapedballoonisthesizeofalightaircraftandisroughly15min diameter. » Usersconnecttotheballoonnetworkusinganantennaattachedtheir building.Theballoonsrelayconnectivityfromterrestrialinternetnetworks andcanshareconnectivitybetweenthem. » Eachballooniscapableofservinganareawitha20kmradiusandacoupleof hundredsimultaneoususers. » Aspartofthetrial,whichwillservice50locationsinandaroundChristchurch inNewZealand,Googlelaunchedatotalof30balloonslastweek.Fiber backhaulfromthegroundstationisbeingsuppliedbyResearchand EducationAdvancedNetworkNewZealand. Source: TechCentral, 15 June 2013
  21. YOUNGPEOPLEMOREWILLINGTO PAYFORDIGITALNEWS » Youngpeoplearemorewillingtopayforonlinenewsthananyotherage group,accordingtoamajorstudyof Internethabits. » Thesurveyof11,000internetusersinninecountriesincludingtheUKfound that25-to34-year-oldsaretwiceaslikelytopartwiththeircashfordigital newsthanolderreaders. » "Paywallsandappsarenolongerregardedasnovelties,butarenow increasinglypartofeverydaylifeformanyofthosewantingaccesstonews.” » Otherfindingsfromthesurvey,compiledbyindustrymarketingbody Newsworks,showthat49%of18-to24-year-oldsreadadigitalnewspaper– thehighestreachofanyagegroup. » Morethantwo-thirdsofthisagegroupsaidtheyhadreadanational newspaperinanyformatintheweekbeforethesurvey,comparedwith72% ofthoseagedbetween25and34. Source: Guardian, 20 June 2013
  22. SAMSUNGGALAXYS4ZOOM » ThefolksatSamsunghavebroughtfourtharatherlargeamountofmobile devicestotheir‘Premiere’event inLondon,theGalaxyS4Zoomnotleast strangeamongstthem. » Thisdeviceisahybridofwhat’sgenerallyconsideredasmartcameraanda smartphone–orapoint-and-shootcamera,ontheotherhand,andtakesa middle-pointstancebetweentheSamsungGalaxyCameraandthe SamsungGalaxyS4. » Onthismachine’sbackisa4.3-inchSuperAMOLEDdisplay,coveredwitha paneofGorillaGlass3,andupfrontisa16-megapixelCMOSsensorwith opticalimagestabilisationworkingwith24-240mm10xopticalzoom,anda F3.1-F6.3lenstoboot. » Thisdeviceworkswithaphysical‘SamsungZoomRing’too–thusbringing furtherdifferentiationbetweentheGalaxyS4ZoomanditsGalaxyCamera predecessor. » Thisringactsasaguideforthiscamera’sopticalzoom,butcanalsoactivatea featurewhiletheuserisinaphonecall. Source: SlashGear, 20June 2013
  23. THREEGALAXYTAB3 TABLETSCOMINGINJULY » OnJuly7,SamsungwillreleasethreenewGalaxyTab3tabletsin7-,8-,and 10.1-inchscreensizes. » The7-inchershipswitha$199pricetagand8GBofinternalstorage.While boththe8-inchand10.1-inchversionsinclude16GBofstoragewithpricesat $299and$399,respectively. » Eachtabletincludesa(nowexpected)SamsungIRblaster,microSDstorage slot,50GBoffreeDropboxstoragefortwoyears,andthreefreemonthsof HuluPlus. Source: CNET, 24 June 2013
  24. SONY’SSMARTWATCH2 » SonyhaslaunchedtheSmartWatch2duringapressconferenceatthe MobileAsiaExpoinShanghai » TheSmartWatch2hasa1.6-inchLCDdisplay,witharesolutionof220x176, andismadefromacombinationofaluminumandplastic,whiletheincluded strapisstainlesssteel.Thewatchsectionis9mmthick. » It’scompatiblewithmost24mmwatchstraps,andthewatchsectionisIP57 splashproof.AccordingtoSony’sspecs,thebatteryisgoodforaboutsixdays lowusage,orfourdaysforregularuse. » ItconnectsAndroiddevice–nomatterwhetherit’saphoneortablet– runningAndroid4.0orlater,butlikeitspredecessor,isn’tcompatiblewithiOS. ItusesNFCforone-touchpairing,andmaintainstheconnectionusing Bluetooth3.0. » It’scompatiblewitharangeofnotificationsandevents,suchasSMS,MMS, Facebook,Twitter,Google+,Gmail,andmissedcalls,plusotherapps includingthemusicplayer,yourphonebook,theweather,calendar,andthe calllog. » Ownerswillalsohaveaccesstothe200-plusapplicationsdesignedforthe SonySmartWatchwhicharealreadyavailablethroughGooglePlay,and therearesuretobemoretocomeinthefuture. Source: DigitalTrends, 25June 2013
  25. THEWORLD'SFIRSTLTE-ADVANCED NETWORK,ANDTHEGALAXYS4LTE-A » TheKoreancarrierSKTelecomhasofficiallyannounceditslaunchiofthe world'sfirstpubliclyavailable LTE–AdvancedWirelessNetwork. » TheGalaxyS4LTE-Aisalsoofficially(inredorblue)thefirstdeviceableto takeadvantageofthenewtechnologyforevenfasterdatatransmission speeds.Accordingtothepressrelease,SKTelecomplanstohaveasmany assevenLTE-Adevicesavailablebytheendoftheyear,allcapableofupto 150Mbps. » Accordingtothepressrelease,SKTelecomplanstohaveasmanyasseven LTE-Adevicesavailablebytheendoftheyear,allcapableofupto150Mbps. » WhileSKTelecomisusingCarrierAggregationandCoordinatedMultiPoint technologytoimprovespeedsrightnow,itwilladdEnhancedInter-Cell InterferenceCoordinationin2014togoevenfaster. Source: Engadget, 25June 2013
  26. BLACKBERRYLAUNCHESIPHONEAND ANDROIDSECURITYPLATFORM » BlackBerryintroducedanewservicecalled‘SecureWorkSpace,’which allowsenterpriseiPhoneandAndroiduserstotogglebetweenpersonaland corporatemodes. » SecureWorkSpaceisaimedatgivingcompaniescontroloverthedatathat flowsovertheirnetworks,evenonauser'spersonalphone. » Corporateemail,calendars,contactsandintranetsarecordonedoff,andIT departmentscanaddorremoveotherappsfromthatcorporatesection withoutaffectinganypersonalinformation. » Thatseparationensures,forexample,thatuserscan'tcopyamessagefrom thecorporateprofileandpasteitintothepersonalone.Justascrucially, malwareinfectingthepersonalsideofthephonewon'tmakeitswayinto corporatedata. Source: CNNMoney, 25June 2013
  27. SAMSUNGGALAXYS4MININOW AVAILABLEINTHEUK » TheunlockedSamsungGalaxyS4MiniisnowavailableintheUK,the handsetisavailableSIMfreefor£364.98includingtaxesfromUKretailer UnlockedMobiles. » TheSamsungGalaxyS4Minifeaturesa4.3inchqHDSuperAMOLEDdisplay witharesolutionof540x960pixels,processingcomesintheformofadual core1.7GhzprocessorandthedevicewillcomewithAndroid4.2.2JellyBean. » OtherspecificationsontheGalaxyS4Miniincludeafrontfacing1.9megapixel cameraandarearfacing8megapixelcamera,thedevicealsofeatures 802.11a/b/g/nWiFi,GPS,Bluetooth4.0,NFCandLTE,italsocomeswith 1.5GBofRAM,amicroSDFcardslotand8GBofbuiltinstorage. Source: GeekyGadgets, 26June 2013
  28. MICROSOFT:THELATESTCHANGES TOITSWINDOWS8.1 » MicrosoftismakingadjustmentstoitsWindows8operatingsystem, beginningwiththeresurrectionoftheStartbutton. » ThecompanyalsounveiledimprovementstoitsBingsearchengine,built-in supportfor3-Dprinters,anupdatedXboxMusicapp,andnewtoolsfor developersmakingWindows8applications. » ThecompanyannouncedafewnewapplicationsforWindows8,includingan officialFacebookapp,FlipboardandNFLFantasyfootball. » ThoughtherewasabriefpreviewofanewversionofPowerPointfor Windows8,thenextversionoftheMicrosoftOfficesuitewon'tbereleased until2014. » AfreepreviewversionoftheWindows8.1updatefordevelopersisavailableto anyoneinterestedininstallingit.Theversionforregularconsumerswill comeoutlaterthisyear. » Otherchangesincludetheabilitytobootdirectlyintothedesktop,more flexibilitywiththetilesontheStartscreen,supportforhigh-resolution displays,andgreaterBingintegration. » ThebigXboxMusicupdateisaradiofeaturethatbuildsastationforlisteners basedonasong,muchlikePandora. Source: CNN, 26 June 2013
  29. MICROSOFTRELEASESINTERNET EXPLORER11 » InternetExplorer11isoutinprevieweditionwithbettertouchperformance, fasterpageloads,andanintegratedbrowsingexperienceacrossallyour Windowsdevices. » Thenewbrowser’stouchperformancebenefitsfromGPU-enhanced performanceforpanning,zooming,andswipingthatoffloadsimage processingfromtheCPUtosavebatterylifeandimprovingresponsiveness. » MicrosoftistakingapagefromApple’sbookwithsharingofyouropentabs, favorites,usernamesandpasswords,andhistoryfromPCtotablettophone, allviaSkyDrive. » Thosewholovetabswilllikethenewbrowser—IE11supportsforupto100 opentabsatanygiventime. » “Themostimportantpartofthescreenisavailableforyoursiteswithasingle, unifiedinterfacewithtabsandaddressbaratthebottomoptimizedforfast accessandtouch,”Microsoftsays. » TogetthenewIE11,you’llneedtodownloadtheWindows8.1previewfirst. Source: Venture Beat, 26 June 2013
  30. OFFICE365EXPANDSTO9NEW TERRITORIESINAFRICA » MicrosofthasannouncedtheavailabilityoftheentiresuiteofOffice365 packagesinninenewterritoriesacrosstheAfricancontinentwhichincludes Angola,Cameroon,CapeVerde,Coted’Ivoire,Ghana,Mauritius,Rwanda, SenegalandZimbabwe. » “Office365isavailableinvariouspackages,eachonespecificallydesignedto meetaparticularneed,”saidMarcIsrael,OfficeDivisionGroupLeadfor MicrosoftWest,EastandCentralAfricaandIndianOceanIslands. » “Thismeansthatwhetheryouareaconsumer,educationalinstitution,small tomid-sizebusinessoralargeenterprise,wehaveanOffice365packagethat willmeetallyoursoftwarerequirementsinanalways-up-to-datecloud service,atapredictablemonthlycost.” » “OneofthebiggestchallengesSMEsfaceintoday’sharsheconomic conditionsisfindingtechnologythatmeetstheirneedswithoutbreakingthe bank,”Israelexplained. » MobilityisalsocriticalintheAfricancontextandOffice365allowsusersto accessfunctionalityacrossmultipledevicesatnoextracharge. Source: Venture Africa, 27 June 2013
  31. APPLETESTSMOTIONDETECTION FEATURESFORIPHONE » Appleappearstobetestingoutmotioncontrolfeaturesthatwillletpeople controltheiriPhonesbymovingtheirheads. » Thefeature,firstreportedby9to5Mac,wasdiscoveredinthedeveloper versionofApple'slatestmobileoperatingsystem,iOS7,andisnotyetpublicly available. » Itworksbyusingthefront-facingiPhoneoriPadcameratodetecthead movements. » Whenon,thesystemautomaticallyrunsthrougheveryoptiononthedevice screenuntiltheuserselectstheoneheorshewantsbyturninghisorher headtooneside. » Theleftorrightheadmovementscanbeassignedtodifferenttasks,including returningtothemainhomescreen,displayingnotificationsoractivatingvoice assistantSiri. » Theapproachappearstime-consuming,butbeingabletonavigatethephone interfacewithheadmovementscouldpotentiallybeusefulforpeoplewith limitedmobilityorotherdisabilitiesthatmaketouchorvoiceinterfaces difficulttouse. Source: CNN, 27 June 2013
  32. SONYXPERIACDUAL-SIM5-INCH SMARTPHONEFORR3000 » AlongwiththeXperiaZUltra,Sonyalsounveiledanewlower-cost smartphonetheyarecallingtheXperiaCwhichissettogoonsaleinSouth Africa,September2013for underR3,000. » Notonlywillthedeviceboasta1.2GHzquad-coreprocessor(albeitthe MediaTekMTK6589Cortex-A7),butalsoa5″displayrunningataresolution of540×960. » ItrunsAndroid4.1,takestwoSIMs,andhasanFMradioappwhichlikemost cellphone-basedFMradiosusestheheadsetasanantenna. » SonySA’sheadofmarketing,AndrewFraser,explainedthatthedevicewas designedwiththeexpresspurposeoftargetingemergingmarketsandso won’tseereleaseinthedevelopedworld. » AskedthroughwhichchannelsthedevicewillbeavailableinSouthAfrica, FrasersaidthatsofarCellChasexpressedinterest. » VodacomandMTNhavenotseemedkeenondual-SIMdevicesinthepast, withaVodacomspokespersongoingsofarastosaythatoneofthereasonsis thatsuchdevicesdon’treallyinspirecustomerloyalty. Source: MyBroadband, 27 June 2013
  33. Mobile Networks SECTION 3
  34. VODACOMHUNTS30,000SME CLIENTS » Vodacomistargeting30,000subscribers,or6,000newSMEcustomers throughitsnewValueAddedService(VAS)offering,OneNetExpress. » Thesolutionprovidesacustomerwithtraditionalswitchboardfunctionalityon cellphones,and3Gdeskphonesshouldthecustomerrequireageographic telephonenumber,allhostedinthecloud. » GaryHart,executiveheadofmanagednetworkservicesatVodacom Businessnotedinapresentationatthecompany’sheadquartersinMidrand thatOneNetExpress,whichprovidesbigbusinessswitchboardbenefitsto smallbusinesses,isalreadyinusebyovertwomillionVodafonesubscribers acrosstheUKandEurope. » “Togetherthesecustomershaverealisedsavingsofover£1billioninjustone year,”hesaid. » TheVASisavailableforunderR149permonthperdevice(user)andis specificallydesignedforcompaniesemployingupto100employees, Vodacomsaid. Source: BusinessTech by MyBroadband, 6 June 2013
  35. VIRGINMOBILECEOSLATES VODACOM,MTNINREPORT » VirginMobileSouthAfricaCEO,JonathanMarchbankhasblamedVodacom andMTNandtheir‘unregulated,anticompetitivebehavior’formakingittough forsmallerplayerstoenterthemarket.Thisisaccordingtoareportinthe SundayTimes. » Accordingtothereport,VirginMobileSA,withonly500,000customers,is findingitchallengingtoentertheretailmarket. » Retailers,saidMarchbank,arereluctanttoofferVirginMobileproductsto customersbecausetheywilllose‘trailingrevenue’fromexistingpartnerships withVodacomandMTN. » AccordingtothereportMarchbanksaidthathehasgivenuptryingto competeagainstVodacomandMTN,andisrathertryingtobuildaloyalVirgin Mobilebrandfollowing. » MarchbankwasannouncedasVirginMobileSACEOinAugust2012.This followedstintsastheheadofVirginMobileMiddleEastandAfricaGroup’s activitiesinAsia,andChiefOperatingOfficerforVirginMobileUSA. Source: MyBroadband, 9 June 2013
  36. RIGHT2KNOW’SURGENTCALLON HIGHCELLPHONECOSTS » Anestimated82.9%ofpeoplelivinginSouthAfricahaveacellphonethat canenablethemtoaccessinformation,enjoyfreedomofexpression-and organiseforsocialjusticeasactivecitizens » Yetthehighcostofairtimeanddataunderminesthedemocratising potentialofthemobilenetwork. » TheRight2Knowislaunchingacampaigntochallengetheprofiteeringof cellphonecompaniesandgovernment'sfailuretoregulatethecostof communicationeffectively. » Accordingtotheorganisation,SouthAfricahasthesixthhighestmobile costsintheworld. » OnWednesday,12June2103,theRight2KnowCampaignheldamarching inCapeTowntocallforfreebasicandaffordabletelecommunications. » The memorandumswerehandedtoVodacom,MTN,theindependent communicationsregulator(ICASA)andParliamentaryPortfolioCommittee onCommunicationtoadvanceSouthAfrica'srighttocommunicate. Source: Bizcommunity, 10 June 2013
  37. MTNLTEFREEAFTERALL » MTNhasannouncedthatitsexistingandnewLTEcustomerswillgetaccess toitsLTEservicewithouthavingtopayanadditionalLTEVAS(value-added service)charge.MTN’sLTEserviceisavailabletoitscontractandtop-up customers. » TogainaccesstoMTN’sLTEservicenewcustomersneedtopurchasea 128KLTESIMcardandsubscribetothefreeLTEVAS.Existingcustomers withanLTEcapabledevicecanalsoaccessLTEatnocost. » MTNSAwentlivewiththecommercialavailabilityofLTEinthe Johannesburg,Pretoria,andDurbanregionsinDecember2012and coverageextendedtoothermajorcitiesinSouthAfricabytheendoftheyear. » Thecompanysaidthatithasmadesignificantinvestmentspreparingforthe LTErolloutbymodernisingover1,600basestationsitesandactivatingHSPA+ oncloseto1000sitesin2012.Mostofthesiteshavebeen10Mhzinthe 1800MHzre-farmedtosupportLTE. Source: MyBroadband, 10 June 2013
  38. ORANGETEAMSUPWITH NASHUA » OrangehasexpandeditsreachinSouthAfricathroughadealwithNashua Mobile. » AccordingtoareportbyTechCentralaheadofapressconferenceplannedfor Thursdaymorning,Orange,throughthedealwithNashuaMobile,willbe extendingitsbrandpresenceinthecountrywithproductsaimedatSouth AfricanswhotraveltocountriessuchasFranceandBotswana. » TheOrangecountersatNashuaMobilestoreswillsellSIMpackageswhich workinFranceandBotswana,thereportsaid. » TheMobicarteHolidaypackageisaprepaidSIMthatisvalidfortwoweeks afteractivationandofferstwohoursofcalls,300SMSes,500MBofdataand unlimitedaccesstoWiFihotspotsinFrance,thereportsaid. » Additionally,pre-existingOrangecustomersfromFranceandBotswanacan useNashuaMobilestorestomanagetheiraccounts,thereportsaid. » TheNashuastoresinwhichOrangewillhaveabrandandsalespresenceare inSandton(SandtonCity),Pretoria(BrooklynMall)andCapeTown(Canal WalkandtheIconCentre),accordingtothereport. Source: BusinessTech by MyBroadband, 13 June 2013
  39. MTNREVISESBISPLANS » MTNhasreviseditsBlackBerryInternetService(BIS)portfolioinwhatitsays isanattempttooffercustomersplansbasedontheirparticulardatausage patterns. » Thenewplans,saysMTN,willbeeffectiveasof14Julyandincludeaccessto allorsomeoftheusualBISservices,includingBlackBerryMessenger (BBM),BlackBerrye-mail,instantmessaging,internetbrowsingand BlackBerryAppWorld. » “BlackBerryMTNcustomerswillbeabletoenjoycompleteandunlimited BISforR59permonth.”Inadditiontothis,theoperatorwillintroduceBISLite forR39.95permonth,witha200MBcap. » MTN’srevisedplansofR29.95(100MBcap),R19.95(40MBcap)andR14.95 (30MBcap)permonthcorrespondtotheBISplansthecompanyintroduced lastyear (theSocialandEmailplan,the Socialplanandthe Messagingplan respectively)– apartfromthefactthatthecapshavebeenincreased. Source: ITWeb, 20 June 2013
  40. VODACOMOUTLINESFIBRE BROADBANDPLANS » ExecutiveheadofaccesssolutionsatVodacom,JanineRebelo,hasrevealed thatthecompanyplanstorolloutfibreaccesstoselectedbusinessparksin Johannesburg,Pretoria,CapeTownandDurbaninVodacom’sfinancialyear toMarch2014. » Fromnextyear,assumingthedeploymentshavemetthecompany’s expectations,theplanistoacceleratethebuildtomorebusinessparksand alsotoincludeprivatehomesinresidentialestatesinthemix. » Consumerswillbeofferedspeedsashighas100Mbit/sandthereareplans tooffervideo-on-demandandsimilarentertainmentservicesdowntheline. » Intermsofcontentservicesoverbroadbandforresidentialusers,Vodacom intendsofferingMultiChoice’sDStvchannelsoveritsfibrenetworkforestates thataskforit,aswellasvideo-on-demandservices. » AccordingtoRebelo,Vodacomhasengagedwithseveralbusinessparksfor thefirstphaseofthecompany’sfibreaccessplans. » Vodacomhasbegunworkonaprojecttoidentifyopportunitiesforproviding fibre-basedbroadbandintheresidentialmarket.Butfornow,thecompany doesnotplantoofferfibretostandalonehomesalongresidentialstreets. Source: TechCentral, 26 June 2013
  41. MTNEXTENDSDATAPRICE CUTS » MTNSouthAfricahasextendeditscut-pricedatatariffsforprepaidand contractcustomersuntiltheendofSeptember. » MTNhasalsointroducedafurtherpricereductiononits500MBInternet bundle,reducingitfromR119toR99. » Theprepaidofferingsareasfollows:customerswhopurchase10MBofdata forR10willreceiveanaddition10MBofdataforfree.Thosepurchasing75MB forR29—reducedfromR49previously—willreceive25MBofadditional data. » MTN’scontractcustomerswillnowpayR49/monthfor500MB.Meanwhile, 1GBmonthlybundlesnowcostR79/monthasopposedtoR99/monthwhile theoperator’s1GBTopUpplanhasbeenreducedtoR99fromR129. » ContractcustomersusingMTN’s2GB/monthplanwillpayR119insteadof R139,whilethe2GBTopUpplanhasbeencutfromR189/monthto R149/month. Source: TechCentral, 26 June 2013
  42. SAFARICOMLAUNCHESMOBILE PAYMENTCAMPAIGNLIPANAM-PESA » Kenya’stelecommunicationcompanySafaricomhaslaunchedamobile paymentservicecampaign,LipaNaM-Pesa,aimingtoestablishitspayment servicesastheprimarytoolfortransactionsintheregion. » LipaNaM-Pesa,isaimedatSMEsandwillenableconsumerstopayfor goodsandservicesusingmobilemoney,withoutincurringtransaction charges. » Mobilemoneypresentlyaccountsforthehighlevelsoffinancialinclusions (thedeliveryoffinancialservicesataffordablecoststolowincomesegments). » Thiscontributedto57percentoftheKenyanpopulationgainingaccessto formalfinancialplatforms. » M-PESAhaslargelycontributedtothisgrowthandisthereforecriticalto Kenya’sfinancialinclusionagenda. » Theservicecanbeusedtopayforanytransactionsvaluedbetween$1and $800. » Safaricomhasregistered5000tradersfortheLipaNaM-Pesaserviceand theCEOsaysheexpectsthenumbertoriseto100,000bymid2014. Source: Ventures Africa, 26 June 2013
  43. MTNCAMEROON:CANAL+/CANALSAT PAYMENTVIAMOBILEMONEY » MTNCameroonhasofficiallyannouncedthatitisprovidingitsclientelewitha simple,rapid,secureandanaffordablemeansofpaymentwithregardtore- subscriptionwithCANAL+/CANALSATviaMTNMobile. » CANAL+CAMEROONisthesubsidiaryofCANAL+AFRIQUE,TVoperatorby satelliteinAfricaandpresentinover30WestandCentralAfricancountries. » TheCANAL+/CANALSATBillPaymentpackageenablesMTNclients, holdersofaMobileMoneyaccounttopaytheirCANAL+/CANALSATre- subscriptionorthatofathirdpartybysimplydialing*124*2#.Itisuser- friendlyandavailable24H/24and7D/7. » InCameroon,theMTNMobileMoneyserviceisavailableforallMTNclients since2010,betheyholdersofabankaccount,ornot.The CANAL+/CANALSATre-subscriptionpackagethereforeaddstothelistof transactionsalreadybeingcarriedoutviatheMTNMobileMoneyservice. » Suchtransactionsincludeespeciallypaymentofelectricitybills,purchaseof airtime,moneytransfer,paymentofschoolfeesandpurchaseofgoodsand servicesfrompreviouslyselectedpartnersincludingsupermarketsand restaurants. Source: MobileMoneyAfrica, 27 June 2013
  44. MTNLOSESOUTONMYANMAR BID » SouthAfrica’sMTNhascrashedoutoftheracetowinatelecommunicationslicence inAsia’sMyanmar,oneofthelastfrontiersintheworldformobileoperators. » Myanmar’sgovernmentannouncedthatNorway'sTelenorandQatar'sOoredoo havebeenawardedtelecommunicationslicencesinthatcountry. » ThetenderwillbringforeigncompaniesintoMyanmar'stelecommunicationssector forthefirsttime.Theoperatorswillrolloutnetworksinacountrythatanalystssay hasthelowestmobilephoneusageintheworld,withonly4to9%ofits60million peopleconnected. » MTNwasoneoftheshortlistedcandidatesforatelecommunicationslicenceinthat country,alongwiththelikesofSingaporeTelecommunications,KDDICorp,Digicel, Axiata,BhartiAirtel,OrangeandMillicomInternationalCellular. » Myanmar'sgovernmenthassaiditwillfinalisethe15-yearlicencesbySeptember andoperatorswillneedtolaunchserviceswithinninemonths.Theywillhaveto providevoiceservicesacrossthree-quartersofthecountrywithinfiveyearsanddata servicesacrosshalfofit. Source: ITWeb Africa, 27 June 2013
  45. NEOTELSALERUMOURS SWIRLINGAGAIN » AlthoughTataCommunicationshastwicerubbishedtalkthatithasanyintentionof sellingitscontrollingstakeinNeotel,themarketwasagainawashwithspeculation thatsomesortofdealmaybeonthecards. » TheSundayTimesnewspaperquotedunnamedsourcesassayingthatformalbids tobuyNeotelwereduebythe endof themonth.VodacomandMTNareunderstood tohavehaddiscussionswithNeotelanditsshareholdersoverthepastfewmonths. » Itremainsunclearwhetheradeal,ifithappened,wouldinvolveasalebytheIndian- headquarteredTataCommunicationsorwhethersomesortofjointventureisonthe cardstoexploitNeotel’sradiofrequencyspectrumassets. » IfMTNandVodacomarethetwocompaniesintherunningtobuyastakeinNeotel ortoenterintosomesortofjointventurewithit,it’sclearthey’dbeinterestedintwo assets.ThefirstisNeotel’sextensiveintra-cityandmetropolitanfibre-optic infrastructure;thesecondisitsaccesstoradiofrequencyspectrumthatcanbeused tobuildnext-generationmobilebroadbandnetworks. » NeotelistheonlyoperatorinSouthAfricathathasaccesstotheso-called“digital dividend”bandaround800MHz,whichisideallysuitedtodelivering4Gservices, especiallyoutsidedenseurbanareas. » Italsohasaccesstochunksofspectrumaround1,8GHzand3,5GHz.BothVodacom andMTNhavesignificantlystrongerbalancesheetsthanNeotel,whichwouldallow themtoexploitthespectrumassetsmorefully. Source: TechCentral, 30 June 2013
  46. Social Networks SECTION4
  47. TOPTWITTERUSERSIN SOUTHAFRICA » SouthAfrica’sTwitteruserwiththemostfollowersiscomedianTrevorNoah, followedcricketerABdeVilliers,andSouthAfricanYouTubecelebrityCaspar Lee. » Twitterhasbecomeoneofthebiggestsocialnetworksglobally,withover200 millionactivemonthlyusers. » Internationallywell-knownmusicsuperstarsJustinBieber,LadyGaga,and KatyPerryaretheTwitteruserswiththemostfollowersglobally. » InSouthAfrica,singersarenotdominatingtheTwitteruniverse(asinthe UnitedStates),butratherentertainers,sportsstars,andpoliticians. » The tableprovidesanoverviewoftheTwitterusersinSouthAfricawiththe mostfollowers.Pleasenotethatthesenumberswererecordedon4June 2013. Source: MyBroadband, 11 June 2013
  48. DMMASURVEYABOUTSOUTH AFRICANS’INTERNETHABITS » AccordingtotheDMMA’ssurveyresultsmostSouthAfricaninternetusers (95%)usetheinternetforEmail,followedbywebbrowsing (84%)andsocial networking(78%) » Respondentscitedtheirhomeastheirpreferredlocationtogoonline,with themostpopularbrowserbeingInternetExplorer(63%),followedbyGoogle Chrome(40%).Intermsofuserswhoaccesses theinternetviatheirmobile phones,threeoutoffoursaidtheydosoeveryday. » Newspaperswereused62%less,followedbymagazines(59%less). TelevisionandradiowerealsoimpactedbygrowinginternetusageinSouth Africa. » Inregardstoonlineshopping,afterfiveyearsofinternetuse, respondents were50% morelikelytoshoponline.Ofthosethatdidnotshoponline, concernregardingsecuritywastheprimaryreasongiven.A totalof45% userswhoshoppedonline in2012admittedtospendingmorethanthe previousyear. Source:IMMGSM Magazine, 11 June 2013
  49. WHATSAPPPROCESSES27BN MESSAGESIN24HOURS » WhatsApp announcedthatithadprocessed27-billionmessagesin24hours, anewrecordforthemobilemessagingservice. » It’salsosignificantlyupfromitspreviousrecordof19-billionmessages processedonthelastdayof2012. » AccordingtoWhatsApp,thenumbercomprises10-billionmessagessent and17-billionmessagesreceivedbyitsusers.Ifyou’rewonderingwhy there’ssuchalargediscrepancybetweenthetwofigures,thecompanysays thatit’slargelydowntogroupmessages.Itexplainsthat‘sendingone messageintogroupchatof10peopleis1:10inbound:outbound’. » CEOJanKoumrecentlyrevealedthattheservicenowhasover200-million activeusers.ThatmakesitbiggerthanTwitter. » It’salsostreetsaheadofBlackBerry’sBBM,whichoncedominatedthe space.TheCanadiancompany’sservicenowhas60-millionuserswhosend andreceivesome10-billionmessageseachday. Source: Memeburn, 13 June 2013
  50. #FINALLY.FACEBOOKADDS HASHTAGSUPPORT » Thebillion-strongsocialnetworkingsitehasannounceditwillnowmake hashtagsclickable,inabidtomakeiteasiertodiscoverandjoinpublic conversationsandfindoutaboutbreakingnews. » FacebookproductmanagerGregLindleyconfirmedthelong-rumourednew featureinablogpost,sayingtheteamaimstoofferusersa‘simplewaytosee thelargerviewofwhat’shappeningorwhatpeoplearetalkingabout’. » Thefirststepinthisprocessistomakehashtagsclickable,allowing FacebookerswhoarealreadyfamiliarwiththehashtagfromTwitter(or Google+,orInstagram,orPinterest,orTumblr,orPath…)todiscoverwho elseistalkingaboutthetopicmentionedintheirlatestupdate. » Clickablehashtagsaren’tavailableforallusersworldwideasyet,butwhen therollouthitsthem,Facebooksaysuserswillbeableto:searchfora specifichashtagfromthesearchbaronFacebook,clickonhashtagsthat originateonotherservices,suchasFacebook-ownedInstagram,and composepostsdirectlyfromthehashtagfeedandsearchresults. Source: Memeburn, 13 June 2013
  51. INSTAGRAMADDSVIDEO » Instagramlaunchedavideo-sharingtoolon 20June,inamovethatwill placetheFacebook-ownedcompanyindirectcompetitionwithVine,the Twitter-backedvideoapp. » InstagramCEOKevinSystrommadetheannouncementatFacebook's MenloParkheadquartersinCalifornia,promisingthatInstagramvideowould incorporate‘everythingweknowandloveaboutInstagram,butitmoves’. » Instagramvideosdonot‘loop’inthesamewayasVine’s,buttheInstagram formatoffersusersupto15secondsofrecordingtimeinsteadofthe sometimes-limitingsixsecondsonVine. » Instagram'spopularitywasinpartbasedonthespecialfiltersuserscould imposeovertheirpictures,andInstagramvideohassimilarcapabilities–with 13speciallycreatedfiltersavailabletoprocessvideo. » OneofthebenefitsInstagramvideowillhaveoverVineisthatitalreadyhasa dedicatedaudience.Instagramhas130mactiveusers,Systromsaidatthe unveiling,with1bnlikesaday. Source: Guardian, 21 June 2013
  52. WHATSAPPHITS250M ACTIVEUSERS » OTTmessagingserviceWhatsApphaspassedthe250millionactiveuser mark,thecompanytoldtheWallStreetJournal. » Theuserfigureismoreimpressivegivenitslackofmarketingspendandputs themessagingappaboveTwitter’s200millionmonthlyactiveusers announcedattheendoflastyear. » ThegrowthoffreemessagingappsthatuseWi-Fiormobiledatatosend messagesisaconcernforoperatorsastheyareimpactingrevenue traditionallygeneratedbySMSmessagesandvoicecalls. » AreportfromChetanSharmaConsultingsaidthatWhatsApphas‘moved around’moremessagesthanallmobileoperatorscombinedinanycountry– includingtheUSandChina–duringthelast12months. Source: MobileWorldLive, 21 June 2013
  53. FACEBOOKSTOPSADSONPAGES WITHSEXUAL,VIOLENTCONTENT » FacebookIncsaiditwillnolongerallowadstoappearonpageswithsexualor violentcontent,astheonlinesocialnetworkmovestoappeasemarketers beingassociatedwithobjectionablematerial. » Themovescomeamonthafterseveralbusinessespulledtheiradsfrom FacebookamidreportsofpagesonFacebookthatpromotedviolenceagainst women. » Facebooksaidatthetimethatitneededtoimproveitssystemforflaggingand removingcontentthatviolateditscommunitystandards,whichforbidusers frompostingcontentabouthate-speech,threatsandpornography,among otherthings. » Adsaccountforroughly85percentofrevenueatFacebook,theworld’s largestsocialnetworkwith1.1billionusers.Facebooksaidthechanges wouldnothaveameaningfulimpactonitsbusiness. » AFacebookpageforabusinessthatsellsadultproductswillnolonger featureads. » Pagesandgroupsthatreferenceviolencewillalsobeofflimitstoads.A Facebookspokeswomannotedthatthepolicywouldnotapplytothepagesof newsorganizationsonFacebook Source: BusinessTech, 1 July 2013
  54. Sources and Contacts
  55. SOURCES »Bizcommunity »BusinessTech »BusinessTechby MyBroadband »CNET »CNN »CNNMoney »DigitalTrends »Engadget »GeekyGadgets »Guardian »IMMGSMMagazine »ITWeb »ITWebAfrica »Memeburn »MobileMoneyAfrica »MobileMoneyAfrica »MobileWorldLive »MyBroadband »SlashGear »TechCentral »TechEye »VentureAfrica »VenturesBeat
  56. CONTACTUS Angus Robinson | Director: Mobile & Innovation [tel] +27 (11) 555-3800 [cell] +27 (83) 635 4400 [fax] 0867210884 [email] angus@native.co.za [twitter] @angusrobinson Have a look at all previous Mobile Reports and other mobile work on our site - http://www.native.co.za/home?keyword=mobile Should you have any mobile insight, strategy, campaign or solution requirements please contact us.
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