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5G to drive wider AR/VR adoption
The latest analyses of fifth-generation (5G) mobile infrastructure, apps and services from research company Omdia suggests mobile network operators (MNOs) will soon have the apps they need to entice consumers off their existing 3G and 4G subscriptions. Omdia believes that the monetisation strategies applied to 5G technology are unlikely to be that much different from […]
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New App Store payment policies could help developers scale faster
Forthcoming changes in Apple’s policy allowing app developers to inform users of alternative payment options outside its App Store should help to expand the mobile payments market. In the culmination of its long-running legal dispute with Epic Games (Fortnite), a US judge ruled that Apple should allow games developers to direct customers away from the […]
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TikTok Shopping expands social commerce through Shopify partnership
The trial of TikTok in-app shopping with a select group of Shopify merchants in the US, UK and Canada looks set to grow the number of users worldwide buying products and services through social commerce channels. The video-sharing company and eCommerce specialist first announced their global partnership in October last year when TikTok allowed the […]
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APAC to see fastest cloud gaming expansion
Subscriptions to cloud gaming services currently account for a small proportion of digital payments. Still, their growing adoption amongst a new generation of online players should ensure more gamers fund purchases using their smartphones in the future. Research company Newzoo noted a global spike in cloud gaming platform sign-ups during 2020 as people spent more […]
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Shopee building business in Latin America
SEA’s Shopee is one of the largest eCommerce sites in Southeast Asia, and the company now has its sights on dominating the market in Latin America. The company is steadily expanding its presence in the region after the success of its eCommerce platform in Brazil[i]. After first launching in 2019, Shopee had become the 9th […]
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APAC leads mobile app download surge in 2021
Smartphones entrenched their position at the epicentre of the global mobile ecosystem in 2020, and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region led the revolution. The latest Mobile App Trends 2021: A focus on APAC report highlights the considerable changes in app usage habits and trends in eleven countries during 2020 as consumers turned to their devices […]
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Mobile payment options continue to expand in Southeast Asia
The mobile payments landscape in Southeast Asia continues to evolve as consumers embrace mCommerce. Still, merchants need to offer flexible billing mechanisms to reach as many customers as possible and partner with the right payment providers to make the most of the opportunity. The recent collaboration between PromptPay and Rapyd in Thailand is an example […]
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Payment market evolution backs digital wallets
Only two types of eCommerce payment methods will grow their share of online shopping transactions between 2020 and 2024, according to a new report: mobile wallet and buy now pay later services. But whereas alternative payment mechanisms (APMs) may increase their share of transaction volume and value over the next few years, the migration will […]
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Payments Will Power Up Telcos’ Digital Services Revenue
Both e-commerce and digital payments were already growing before the pandemic. We’re looking at how telcos can benefit from digital payments in growing their service portfolio beyond the core connectivity services.
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Going Digital 2.0: The Evolution of the Telco
To keep up with the changing consumer demands and behaviours, telcos have been transitioning into new market categories.We’re looking at them – and some solutions – in our latest analysis.
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Disney+ clocks impressive growth
Competition in the over the top (OTT) video streaming market continues to heat up, with Disney+ growing faster than Netflix and local players like Viu giving the market leader a run for its money in Southeast Asia. Disney+ signed up 12.4m new subscribers in its third fiscal quarter ending July 3rd 2021, taking the total […]
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Telco Partnerships and Next Generation Bundles
To keep revenues from plummeting – but also keep growing them in the future – telcos need to rethink their strategies. One way to do it is via telco service bundling.