Maxis and Spotify have announced a partnership in which prepaid and postpaid Maxis customers now have access to the Spotify Premium service, along with 150MB of Internet data to access Spotify’s catalogue of over 20 million tracks, for RM10 (US$3.18) per month.
Malaysian telco software house Aexio has been acquired by InfoVista, a company specialising in service performance and assurance software for the mobile industry.
Nine months have passed since the first announcement was made with regard to the availability of Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology in Malaysia. Edwin Yapp looks back and wonders if the subdued LTE ad campaigns are good for the ecosystem.
LTE is out of the experimental stage and is being deployed worldwide. Operators in all markets are in the process of implementing LTE, but the emergence of the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions is set to challenge European and North American operators’ early lead, writes Chris Nicoll of Analysys Mason.
Celcom Axiata Berhad (Celcom), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Axiata Group Berhad, has awarded Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) a three-year contract for its LTE (Long Term Evolution) solutions and services in the Klang Valley, which comprises Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding suburbs.
Celcom Axiata Berhad saw quarterly revenue for April to June 2013 hit RM2.01 billion, the first time in the company’s history it passed the quarterly RM2-billion mark, bringing the total to RM3.99 billion for the year to date (YTD), which represented a year-on-year improvement of 4.3%.
As Apple Inc unveiled the latest iteration of its iconic iPhone, analysts and pundits once again debated whether the technology giant can stay ahead of its rivals in the battle for smartphone dominance.
According to a June 2013 Mobility Report released by Ericsson, a smartphone user is expected to more than quadruple mobile monthly data consumption from 450MB to an average of 2GB data per user in 2018. With the consumption of digital content via mobile devices set to rise even more in the coming years, mobile network operators need to brace themselves and their infrastructure to handle the load.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link -- this adage is perhaps the most apt phrase to describe the escalating challenges faced by mobile network operators in South-East Asia, according to telco equipment maker Tellabs Inc.
Maxis reported net profit was up 11.3% to RM530 million for the second quarter which ended June 30, attributing this to the strength of its non-voice business, particularly mobile Internet, and cost management.