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What you need to know: This weblog captures key data points about the global telecoms industry. I use it as an electronic notebook to support my work for Pringle Media.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Android Users Spend Modestly on Apps

Google said it paid out 5 billion US dollars to developers selling apps through its Google Play store in the past year - that is 2.5 times the amount it paid out the previous year. The search giant also said there are now one billion users of Android, which implies most users are spending less than $10 a year on apps (Google keeps 30% of the price paid by consumers). source: Rappler live blog from Google I/O 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Emerging Best Practice in Digital Commerce

Extract from the conclusions in the GSMA's guide to Emerging Best Practice in Digital Commerce for Mobile Network Operators, which I co-authored:  

"Minimise the risks for service providers: There are many different potential charging models, ranging from a one-off fee to regular rental fees to transaction-based fees. A success or transaction-based charging model, which is widely used for internet advertising, is likely to be popular with service providers, as it limits their risk – they only have to pay when their customers are actually making use of the digital commerce service. 

"Competition and regulation could also have an impact on business models. If internet-based digital brokers offer merchants and brands transaction/success-based fees, then mobile operators could come under pressure to offer a similar tariff structure. At the same time, regulation, particularly with respect to capping interchange fees, could limit the scope the banks and payment networks to pay digital commerce brokers transaction-based fees.

"In summary, MNOs need to simplify their approach in terms of business models and on-boarding of service providers. Only through these changes will they achieve scale and the mass uptake of services. Ultimately it will be the consumer and the market that drives innovation and uptake, with those service providers who deliver an excellent customer experience and safe, secure and simple services, winning the battle for customer’s loyalty." source: Emerging Best Practice in Digital Commerce for Mobile Network Operators

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Amazon Fires Up E-commerce Smartphone

Amazon unveiled its first smartphone, the Fire. It is equipped with Amazon's new Firefly app, which is designed to quickly recognise things in the real world—web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and enable the user to take action in seconds.

Amazon says Firefly "combines Amazon’s deep catalog of physical and digital content with multiple image, text and audio recognition technologies to quickly identify web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products. Simply press and hold the dedicated Firefly button to discover helpful information and take action in seconds."

When it recognises printed phone numbers, email, web addresses, QR, and bar codes, the Firefly button enables the user to make a call, send an email, save as a contact, or go to the website without typing out long URLs or email addresses. In the case of multimedia content, the Firefly button enables the user to add titles to a watch/wish list or download the music track or video and start watching immediately. In the case of physical products, the Firefly button enables the user to add the item to a wish list, or order on Amazon.com. source: Amazon statement

Friday, June 6, 2014

AT&T Lifts Revenue Forecast

Citing strong second quarter wireless trends, AT&T said it now expects its revenue to rise about 5% in 2014. (It had been forecasting revenue growth of at least 4%). The giant U.S. telco also reaffirmed that it plans to spend 21 billion US dollars on capex this year. source: AT&T statement