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MEM 2010 Part 2: Apps, Mobile Media Business Models, Growth Markets, M Commerce

Continuing the part one of the update on Mobile Entertainment Market 2010, here are the next set of panel discussions.

Apps: Planning for Success in the Apps World

This session was moderated by Dominic Pride the Managing Director of The Sound Horizon. The participants of the debate were:

James Parton, Head of O2 Litmus, O2 UK
Kunal Gupta, CEO, Polar Mobile

Patrick Mork, Vice President, Marketing, Getjar
Andrew Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Shazam

The key takeaways of the panel discussion are:

iPhone Developer Brags: $1,400 In iAd Revenue In One Day At $150 eCPM

Apple's iAds have started rolling out, and at least one iPhone developer is enjoying early returns, boasting of making $1,400 in ad revenue on the first day reports business insider.
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Motorola launches Milestone

Motorola has introduced Milestone, the first Android 2.1-powered phone for India. Powered by Android 2.1, it offers the ability to use multiple applications at once and one of the world’s thinnest Qwerty sliders. Milestone also boasts a hi-resolution, pinch and zoom display. A suite of Google mobile applications including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube are also integrated onto the device. Plus users have access to thousands of apps and widgets from android market.

--Financial Chronicle

India is where the US was a decade ago in retail and internet products

He is one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capitalists finding mention in the Forbes Midas List of top investors for nine years in succession. In India, Promod Haque has led investments in over half-a-dozen India-based start-ups, including software product company Persistent Systems, travel portal Yatra, classifieds company Sulekha and Appnomic Systems. Earlier on Wednesday, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), the 49-year-old investment firm, in which Haque is a managing partner, made the lead investment in a $6-million round of funding in internet classifieds company Quikr.

India to switch cell phone towers from diesel to solar

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India is set to create a mandate that all telecom operators power their cell phone towers with solar panels, instead of the diesel generators currently being used.

The new mandate is likely to be incorporated into India’s National Solar Mission which aims at setting up 20,000MW of solar power capacity by 2022.

Such a move would not only help the government achieve this ambitious goal but would also allow the ministry to get subsidies for the telecom and tower operators for installation of solar power systems.

Telecom M&As in Mena area may hit $30bn

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the Middle East and North African (Mena) telecom sector have the potential to reach $30bn this year.
“There is a range of telecom assets worth up to $30bn being considered for sale in the Mena region and plenty of aggressive buyers from the Gulf and Asia with the appetite and the capital to make the deals happen,” said Dominic Lowndes, the editor of Telecom Deal Alert, the organiser of TMT Finance Middle East, which begins on April 26.

Brasil Telecom Jumps on JPMorgan ‘Overweight’ Boost

Brasil Telecom SA gained for the first time in nine days after JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised the Brazilian phone company taken over by Telemar Norte Leste SA to “overweight” from “neutral.”

Brasil Telecom jumped 3.3 percent to 11.76, the biggest gain in more than two weeks.

Rcom touches 100M subscriber base

Six months after joining the tariff war and seven years after its entry into India’s telecom market, Anil Ambani promoted Reliance Communications Ltd (Rcom) has crossed the 100 million mark in terms of number of subscribers on its wireless network. The telco is the second after Bharti Airtel to hit this mark. Bharti Airtel launched its services in 1994.

The firm aims to cross the next 100 million subscribers within the next three years

Scrap double tax on foreign carriers

A Department of Telecom committee has recommended that the communications ministry should scrap the double taxation structure on foreign carriers operating in India such as AT&T, BT, Verizon, Orange and Cable & Wireless among others

Social Networking over mobile phones in APAC in 2010

Social networking over mobile phones has seen increasing adoption in the US and western countries where it has reached upto 20-25% for certain age segments.

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